I started my journey with Nurses International (NI) a year ago when I was working with a colleague in Chogoria, Kenya. She gave me a First Aid class to teach at the local nursing school. It wasn’t a difficult class, but I didn’t want to start from scratch with new slides and material if I could find some lectures or slides already created. So after some searching online, I found Nurses International’s BSN curriculum material and downloaded it. I figured, why not? It couldn’t hurt to look at free material. What I downloaded was a vast repository of information, but seeing as I was teaching a single subject, I just searched “first aid” and found a lecture on first aid in the med/surg portion of the materials.
After finding a great presentation, I simply adapted it to the curriculum objectives in our program and now I had an excellent set of lectures in very little time. I finished the course on first aid and went on to use the materials in the other two subjects that I teach, trauma, and critical care. After I had downloaded the materials, I also received an email from Miriam Chickering, the CEO herself! I was surprised, to say the least, and I thanked her for the use of such a vast selection of materials. In the spring of 2020, I reconnected with Miriam to see if I could use some of the NI materials to start a professional and spiritual development curriculum for hospitals in low and middle-income countries. Seeing as this was also the vision of NI, she asked that I join NI as a director for that purpose, and I accepted the position of Director of Professional and Spiritual Development.
Since then, I have been working towards creating a new curriculum to enrich nurses in their Christian walk and to prepare future nurses by helping complete our BSN curriculum. And so, here I am, living in Kenya, working alongside other global nurses and professionals focusing on improving the health of the world one nurse, one person, one community at a time through Nurses International.
Nurses International is a non-profit entirely focused on helping nurses obtain the education and the support they need to make a difference in developing nations worldwide.
We connect colleges and institutions with experts who can take their nursing programs to the next level. We help establish new nursing programs where they’re needed most. And we eliminate the barriers that stand between students and education.