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Three Wisconsin Lutheran College nursing students presented their posters on Saturday, March 29 at the WELS Nurses Association Spring Conference, which was held at WLC. The topic of their presentations was “Maternal Child Health Issues in Resource Poor Settings.”
From Prof. Amanda Passint:
On Saturday, September 28, The Wisconsin Lutheran College School of Nursing collaborated with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and hosted WLC’s second Respite Day event for children with special needs and their siblings. We had about 65 children and over 100 volunteers. It was a such wonderful opportunity for these children to enjoy the day while their parents received a much needed break from the constant demands of care-giving. This respite day not only gave the WLC students the chance to learn about special needs, but supported the servant-leadership qualities that are developed and supported within WLC students on and off campus.
Activities at the respite day included games, face painting, sports, bingo, music, and a show put on by Kohl’s Wildlife Theater.
It was a wonderful opportunity to see the nursing program reaching out and partnering with the community, as well as partnering with other disciplines around at WLC, including special education.
Thank you to all who participated in making this event successful.
By Kyra Muñoz and Charisse Miller
The WLC Student Nursing Association (SNA) is excited for another year of service to the community and campus! SNA is a club for nursing majors or anyone interested in learning more about nursing. It is an excellent way to get to know the other students on campus who are interested in the nursing field and is also very informative. SNA has monthly meetings featuring guest speakers and discussion of future service projects.
Last year, a nurse visited SNA from the Intensive Care Unit of an area hospital as well as an RN from a chemotherapy unit of a nearby clinic. Two representatives from Bell Ambulance visited WLC to speak to SNA about how nurses can better communicate with paramedics. Bell stressed the importance of all health care professionals being a team and working together to help the patients. Having outside speakers gives future nurses insight into the field.
This year, SNA is planning a great slew of speakers and service projects! SNA is planning on participating in an Alzheimer’s walk on October 5. The club will also be participating in Respite Day a program in which WLC partners with Children’s Hospital to provide a day of respite for parents of children with special needs. As another service project, SNA is planning on preparing a meal for the Ronald McDonald house. All of these opportunities are exciting for the future nurses at WLC.
The first SNA meeting of the semester was September 9. At this meeting we introduced the members of our executive board: Kyra Munoz, President, Charisse Miller, Vice President, Jaimie Shine, Publicity/Historian, Alicia Wichman, Events Coordinator, Haley Moldenhauer, Secretary, and Alex De Palma, Treasurer. We discussed our future events and took orders for our club T-shirts. It was a great opportunity to meet many of the freshman nursing class and a great opportunity for them to meet some upperclassmen.
If you are a nursing student or plan to become one, check out SNA! It is an amazing way to connect with other nursing students. If you have any questions about SNA you can contact President Kyra Muñoz or Vice President Charisse Miller.
Here is an assortment of images showing life in Zambia and the experiences of Wisconsin Lutheran College’s nursing students.
These words were part of a song that the students at one of the Lutheran grade schools here in Lusaka sang to some of our nursing students this morning. The words have also become somewhat of a theme for us as we experience miracles of discovery and learning each day.
The nursing students have been doing lots of health teaching at the grade schools and for the wives of the seminary students. Today the students reported that the wives are becoming more comfortable with the students. They are starting to ask more questions about women’s health and they have even started laughing and joking around with the students. Some of the students went to a small village today as part of a Home Based Care program where they talked to a patient in her home and observed kapenta (small sardine-like fish) being cooked over a little coal stove outside.
Over the weekend we traveled to Livingstone to see Victoria Falls and took a ride through Mosi-oa-Tunya Game Park to see some of Africa’s finest wildlife. The scenery and the landscape was amazing and breathtaking! A walking adventure down to the “boiling pot” was a highlight, as well as seeing the powerful waterfall.
God’s creation was definitely evident all around us! Getting up extra early on Saturday morning was definitely worth the lack of sleep as we set out in open air vehicles to look for animals seen only in zoos back in the U.S. A herd of zebras and a mother and baby giraffe were at the top of the favorites list.
We have had many miracle days and expect more to come in our remaining time in Zambia. We can’t wait to share all the things we have seen and learned with our family and friends at home!
By Valerie L., Wisconsin Lutheran College Global Health nursing student
From Lusaka, Zambia:
Our flight was very long, but we finally made it to Zambia! It was a surreal experience when we walked down the steps of the airplane into Zambia. We felt very welcomed when we arrived at the Lutheran seminary grounds.
Our first day here we toured Beit Cure Hospital. Our ride back to the seminary was interesting – we could see all of the different living conditions ranging from compounds to luxury hotels. I cannot imagine what I will see in the coming weeks!
Today some of us went to the market with Professor Carey. We were offered samples of the mwauyu fruit of the baobab tree. It was surprisingly tart.
On Saturday, September 22, The Wisconsin Lutheran College School of Nursing collaborated with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin to host a respite day event on campus for children with special needs and their siblings.
Activities at the respite day included games, face painting, sports, bingo, music, and the highlight, Milwaukee Brewers mascot Bernie Brewer!
We had about 75 children attend this event and more than 140 volunteers. This respite day not only gave the WLC students the chance to learn about special needs, but supported the servant-leadership qualities that are developed and supported within WLC students on and off campus.
Thank you to all who participated and made this day special!!
On Tuesday evening, as we wrapped up our clinical experience in Zambia, we were reminded of God’s purpose for us nurses through a devotion by WLC student Ryan Schroeder, based on Scripture from 1 Corinthians 13:
“If I speak in tongues of men and angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong…I am nothing…Love is patient, love is kind… When I was a child, I talked like a child…. When I became a man I put childish ways behind me…”
One thing I noticed while reading this was that if I were to substitute “my name” for the word “love” in this passage, the whole thing would read a lie. “Ryan is patient. He does not boast…” If I were to continue, the passage would be a list of falsehoods. While I don’t intend to be presumptuous, I think it is safe to say that this is true of all of us.
Despite our best intentions to provide care out here, we ourselves have formed the greatest barrier. Poverty is terrible. Language barriers are hard to overcome. But the personal struggle to truly love might be the most insurmountable goal of all.
We came to Zambia full of excitement and the will to serve, but often we have taken more than we could ever hope to repay. Each of us had personal moments that have left us awestruck by how much Zambians can give (and how rich they truly are). Dan with Abel. John with KK. And all of us with Mrs. Nyrenda.
But for all our ineptitude to repay the love we’ve been shown, Christ is able. If we go back to the text and insert the name “Jesus” for “love,” nothing could read truer.
“If I have faith that can move mountains, but have not Jesus, I am nothing… Jesus always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Jesus never fails.”
If we nurse through our own nature, we can never give love. But if we deny ourselves for Christ, our ineptitude makes way for his glory. Through baptism Christ has changed the very nature off humanity, giving us the means to love.
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wickedness, then I will forgive their sins and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14.
The Zambians realize this and know that healing is only through Christ. We, too, can be that loving, but only through Christ.