Challenges, Changes, and Confirmations in Uganda

Maureen Sloan has been a CURE volunteer since 2004 and a nurse consultant with CURE since 2009. She recently traveled to Uganda to teach CURE’s Christian Worldview of Nursing seminar, which she authored. The following are some of her reflections from the trip.

It has been a challenging first week in Mbale, Uganda, with respect to blogging. As much as I tried to blog, the wi-fi internet service could not support some of the sites I needed to use. It is easy to get frustrated with things like that, yet the busy week of training and re-orienting to this hospital meant so much more to me.

Now that it is Friday and I have been fitted with a better internet signal, I am ready to share what the Lord has been doing in my life so far this week.

There have been many changes in the hospital since I was here three years ago. There are new buildings, new staff, and new ways of handling the patient population (which is growing!). What has not changed is the deep devotion to the mission of bringing the gospel and healing to children born with disabilities.

This particular hospital is neurosurgical, meaning it serves children who suffer from hydrocephalus, spina bifida, or other conditions related to the spine and brain. It is very specialized and I am not a neurosurgical nurse! Yet with my nursing background and training, there are some things that are common and basic to all areas of nursing care.

My particular interest is developing each CURE Nursing Department to function with a Christian worldview. Essentially, I am training nurses to think in a biblical way. As we think, we speak and we act. Today I had the joy of sharing our “Christian Worldview of Nursing” Seminar with nine very special nurses. We had good discussions both all together and in smaller groups. We used the Bible as our resource as we reviewed and discovered important aspects of Christian character, values, and perspective that should direct our nursing practice.

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Exploring the scriptures in groups

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Discovering what God values

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Clophus challenging his fellow nurses to practice nursing with Christian character, values, and perspective

It has also been my joy to train the auxiliary staff in CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) this week. It was a lot of fun! The staff were so enthusiastic and excited to learn.

Learning more about CPR

Learning more about CPR

Grace, the assistant nurse manager, has been my right hand this week! What a joy!

Grace, the assistant nurse manager, has been my right hand this week! What a joy!

That's me getting set for CPR classes!

That’s me getting set for CPR classes!

All in all it has been a great week, even with limited access to blogging. Speaking to the staff and hearing how helpful the training is to them is a sweet confirmation from the Lord. I am so excited to see how the nurses put into practice the thoughts and ideas they learned about in the CURE Christian Worldview of Nursing Seminar. To God be the glory!Originally posted at: http://mjsphilippians413.blogspot.com/2014/01/be-more-concerned-for-god.html
Photo of the Maureen Sloan

About the Author:

Maureen Sloan met Scott and Sally Harrison, the founders of CURE, through Ben and Cindy Warf in the late 90's. Since visiting the CURE hospital in Mbale, Uganda, in 2004, Maureen has become increasingly involved in CURE's work around the world, and has served as CURE's nurse consultant since 2009. In this role, she visits CURE hospitals several times a year (with a special focus on CURE Niger) to mentor hospital staff and teach a Christian Worldview of Nursing seminar. She is blessed to see God's love and healing for precious children through CURE!

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