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.