Rise and shine! We started our day bright ( or actually dark) and early, departing the Foundation for cross cultural education, FCE, @ 4:30 am. We headed for the Ndola airport enjoying a beautiful sunrise as we drove on the NWest hwy. We had a short, smooth flight on a 10 seater Cessna type airplane to Kasama, in northern Zambia.
We spent all afternoon teaching and certifying over 50 nurses, nurse educators, and midwives in the resuscitation techniques of Helping Babies Breathe, HBB. They in turn will be able to teach their staff and colleagues these skills and techniques. We also provided education on the management of post partum hemorrhage and breast feeding and nutrition. Resuscitation bags were distributed at the end to be taken back to several of the clinics throughout the province. It is always so rewarding to engage with the students and make teaching fun. They were all actively involved in doing the childbirth scenarios; we had a lot of laughs , in particular when the males were "delivering " their babies.
We were blessed with a beautiful day, and showered with rain in the evening.
Margaret M Gingrich RN MSN CRNP
Professor of Nursing
Harrisburg Area Community College