Today marks International Nurses Day! At ISIS, we are fortunate to work with many brilliant health professionals who dedicate their lives to providing service, care and treatment to those who need it most. Nurses play an invaluable role in much of our work, particularly the work at Kiwoko Hospital in Uganda. From the nurses in maternity, who help bring new life into the world, to the nurses who travel out to community each day with the community based healthcare team to vaccinate infants, to the dedicated International Medical Volunteers who travel from Seattle each year to up skill local staff and introduce new technologies, ISIS would be lost without their dedication to improving healthcare in the Nakaseke community.
It is our great pleasure to introduce you to Sister Grace, one of the incredible nurses who work in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to tell her story.
By Sr. Grace
My name is Grace. I am 23 years old and was born in Northern Uganda. I’m from a family of 11 – six boys and five girls. Many of my siblings are still at school. I finished my diploma of nursing in November 2012 at the Lacor School of Nursing. I was lucky enough to be sponsored by The ISIS Foundation to receive this qualification.
I have wanted to become a nurse and a midwife from a very young age because when I was a young girl, I watched my mother die during childbirth. It was devastating. I spent many years wondering, if I’d had the skills to treat and heal at the time would my mother still be alive today? I told myself that I needed to gain the skills so that, if something like that ever happened again, I would be able to do something about it. That is when my drive to become a nurse began!
I started working in Kiwoko Hospital in May 2009. Initially, I worked in the male ward and then joined the NICU in January 2012. I love working in this ward so much and I hope to stay here forever nursing these beautiful babies. Saving newborn lives and then seeing how they have grown when they return for follow-up clinics is such a pleasure.
I have many responsibilities in the NICU ward. I do everything from admissions to administering medication and monitoring the infants. I also provide health education to new mothers on breastfeeding, and hygiene. Additionally, I help counsel parents on the condition of their baby while on the ward.
Working in the NICU has given me many opportunities, including completing my diploma. However, the greatest opportunity has been working under the guidance of Sister Christine Otai. Thanks to her guidance and motherly care for all of her staff, we are all better at caring for the babies. Thank you, Sister.