Scripture tells us that the “older should teach the younger”( Titus 2:4). Today, Betty Ouellette and I had the great privilege of speaking and teaching at a Christian Nursing School.
This school is only about 5 years old and the nurse who established it is called Sister(British for Nurse), Freda. Students come from all walks of life, the Kenyan middle class to the very poor. In the beginning the class consisted of about 21 students; today the number registered is nearing 40. All the students live and study on campus. There is even a 40 bed hospital on campus that allows students to do some of their practicum.
Today Sister (Nurse), Cecelia who also happens to be the Nursing Director, lead us to a class of about 20-30 students. Even though today was a holiday in Kenya and a day off for the students, they were still enthusiastic about hearing what the “foreign nurses” had to say. They are first year diploma students with the ratio of female to male students at 50/50. The students seem to be interested in what nursing is like in Canada compared to their nursing in Kenya—education requirements, working on the hospital units, exams, opportunities to advance in the profession, etc…Some of the nursing in Kenya is very similar to Canada, some is very different. For example, one of the students told us at first year level, he along with 2 registered nurses look after 60 patients. Wow! this would never happen in Canada.
Betty and I both took turns sharing our nursing experience and our love for the profession and especially love for the patients we come in contact with. We both expressed the importance of nursing the “whole person” physically, emotionally,and spiritually. Betty encouraged the students to continue to be lead by the Holy Spirit and follow our Lord Jesus in their profession and in their daily lives. She also encouraged the students when they do get to the point of being in the work force, ” be a team player and not a lone ranger”.
As our Lord Jesus said in Matthew 9:37, ” the harvest is great, but the workers are few”,so it is with this nursing school. On staff they have 3 teachers, one being the Nursing Director. When the students go out for their practicum, they are at the mercy of the hospital staff. Also the school has a very short supply of books. To give the students the material they need to study, Sr. Cecelia will photocopy the pages of the medical books required.
One of the things I have learned while in Kenya is that they have so little, yet they are willing to give so much. Please keep this nursing school in your prayers. And if there are any retired nurses out there who would love to teach, the opportunity is here.
We closed our 3 hour session with praying over the students and they in turn prayed for us. Catherine Giesbrecht