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One Nurse At A Time, foundation partner to help Somaliland

Monday June 17, 2013
Sue Averill, RN
Sue Averill, RN
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One Nurse At A Time and Barco’s Nightingales Foundation are collaborating to send a team of nurses to the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital in Hargeisa, Somaliland, to work with local medical staff and teach current nursing practice, techniques and standards of care. This joint effort by One Nurse At A Time and Barco’s Nightingales Foundation is forged in the common values of integrity, commitment to the well-being of others, an innovative spirit and a passion for inspiring the hearts of others, according to a news release.

"This collaboration with Barco’s Nightingales Foundation transforms the positive impact of individual nurses multifold," Sue Averill, RN, co-founder of One Nurse At A Time in Seattle, said in the release. "Together we are able to serve as the launch pad to attend to healthcare needs of one of the most medically underserved populations in the world: the women of Somaliland. I’m hopeful that the success of Nurses for Edna will inspire other nurses to join with us, sharing their passion, skills and knowledge to benefit those most in need at home and around the globe. I do believe we can change the world, One Nurse At A Time."

Located in the Horn of Africa, Somaliland is an unrecognized, self-declared state. The Nurses for Edna hope to build a lasting relationship with the hospital, empower the nurses of the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital and create a pathway for future nurses to volunteer with the support of One Nurse At A Time, according to the release. Nurses participating in the trip include Wanda Chestnut, RN, DHSc, HIV/AID specialist from Glen Dale, Md.; Sarah David, RN, BSN, emergency nurse from New York City; Beth Langlais, RN, BSN, MN, maternal child health specialist from Seattle; and Kimberly Law, RN(C), BSN, perinatal nurse specialist from Penticton, British Columbia.

During the trip, the Nurses for Edna team plans to hold educational seminars for the midwifery students at the hospital, and equip staff and students with critical resources including DVDs, books, writing utensils, stethoscopes and other general nursing supplies. Collaborating with hospital founder Edna Adan, the nurses participating on the trip plan to identify the needs of the hospital and the women it serves, and establish goals and a plan to achieve them.

For trip updates via Facebook, visit www.Facebook.com/OneNurseAtATime and www.Facebook.com/BarcosNightingalesFoundation.