Nursing Across Continents

November 9, 2015

On Tuesday, November 10th, YSN hosted Oliver Norah Kavuma Nabacwa, a nurse midwife from Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda. She was joined by YSN student Lindsay Geoghegan ‘16, recipient of the Lindsay Fellowship for Research in Africa. Together, Oliver Norah and Lindsay discussed the state of nurse midwifery in Uganda and the United States.

Lindsay visited Uganda for two and half months this past summer. While there, she worked with local schools and clinics to provide nursing care to residents. She was astounded by the lack of supplies (some clinics ran out of gloves) and the vastly different conditions when compared to U.S. midwifery.

The two also spoke about the Sigma Theta Tau International 43rd Biennial Convention held November 7th through 11th in Las Vegas. This year’s theme of “Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally” resonated with both Lindsay and Oliver Norah, who is passionate about midwifery care in Uganda. At YSN, Oliver Norah discussed the importance of reflective thinking in nursing.