As part of a new series, we will be introducing several of our CURE Uganda staff members. We feel it’s important to highlight these individuals for their hard work, talent, and sacrificial service to heal the sick and proclaim the Kingdom of God. Today, we’d like to introduce you to Grace Wanyana, Assistant Nurse Manager at CURE Uganda.
How long have you been at CURE Uganda?
I have been at CURE for 3 years.
What is your educational background?
I completed high school in central Uganda and attended university in Mbarara (in western Uganda) for 4 years. I did my nursing internship at Mulago Hospital in Kampala (in central Uganda).
What is your role at CURE?
I joined CURE as a primary care nurse in 2011 and served in that role for 9 months. After receiving a promotion, I spent 8 months as a charge nurse. I have been working as an assistant nurse manager for the past year and a half.
How did you learn about CURE?
I heard about the hospital from a classmate at university. Since she knew of my love for pediatrics, she recommended I apply. I was doing a lot of volunteer work with children and decided that working with kids was going to be a large factor in my career choice. The honesty and sincerity of children is a big reason why I love them so much.
Tell us about your faith.
I grew up in a different faith tradition and was part of that church until 2001. I confessed Christ as my Lord and Savior in 2001 when I first truly understood what it means to be born again. As a nurse at CURE, I have the freedom to share my faith with guardians and patients. Working for a Christian hospital is ideal for me because I can be a witness while doing my job.
Where were you born? How often do you return home?
I was born and raised in Entebbe (a small district close to Kampala, 4 hours southeast of Mbale). Both of my parents are civil servants, and I have two siblings. I go home to check on my parents and siblings twice a year during holidays.
What do you do during your free time?
I love watching movies, listening to music, and taking strolls. I prefer watching comedies when I want to relax. If I want to think a bit, I like medical shows. I also like crime and detective series. My favorite part of the day is morning. I also love reading – anything from fiction novels to magazines to inspirational books. I especially love to read on the bus when I am traveling.
Can you tell us about your goals?
A short-term goal is to further my education. I would like to concentrate on critical care nursing. The ICU at CURE has motivated me to focus my attention there specifically. I have looked at several universities and could definitely see myself going back to school in the near future.
What do you like about CURE ?
CURE is a place where a young nurse who just graduated from school can gain experience in a quality environment. The hospital is well-equipped and resources aren’t limited, as compared to other medical facilities in Uganda. I enjoy working with nursing volunteers from all over the world who visit Uganda. We are able to learn and grow from each other.