Sustainability results have been a cornerstone of our missions for a number of years now and a mandate of the Rotary Foundations for awarding of grants for projects. We believe that education and training is a cornerstone of RESTOR International. Tuesday evening was a very important night for us and for the nurses from the Gamby Hospital.
Kim’s introduction to the nurses at the beginning of the evening was inspiring. She told them that nurses are closer to the patients and their needs than anyone else and are the ones best able to care for the patients. A nurse should, correct that, must speak up if something is not right or a doctor might be making a mistake. Empowerment comes with knowledge.
We hosted our educational dinner for the nurses tonight. I don’t know what the price tag on it will be, but it was worth every Birr and then some! We had 30 nurses attend, and they were totally engaged. Deb, Lisa, Arifina (our Ethiopian dressing nurse) Anita & Gayanne did an outstanding job. Anita had some handouts on practical splinting that Muley had added the Amharic translations to that will be a great resource for them. The nurses really enjoyed the buffet dinner and the laughter was probably heard for blocks around….it would have easily drowned out the chanting priest!! Even the shyest came and thanked us. The nursing matron thanked us repeatedly, and told us we made him “so proud to be a nurse”. I am really happy with how it all came together….yay for us!!!