of Africa: Dr. Gregory Kasana, chief medical officer
of Sikonge Hospital,
Tanzania, and nurse-midwives Theresia
Kasoga and Hellene Kavana meet Maryellen Dye, assistant professor
of nursing, during a visit to St. Luke’s Hospital in
May. Janet Sipple is at right.
St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing
at Moravian was in the spotlight of an Eastern Pennsylvania
Business Journal article on trends in the job market.
Written by Kim Jaick ’02,
it ran in the March 31-April 6 issue.
Jennifer Wagner ’03
members of Moravian’s
first nursing class to graduate, as well as elementary education major Karin
Miller ’03 and Spanish major Kristin Vázquez ’03,
were pictured, and Janet Sipple, chair of nursing, was interviewed.
Her news was good: Nursing jobs are out there and pay well, and applications
for Moravian’s nursing
program are way up.
In fact, says Michele August-Brady,
associate professor of nursing, of the 12 charter graduates,
have accepted positions with
St. Luke’s Hospital;
two have gone to Children’s Hospital and one to Hahnemann University
Hospitals in Philadelphia; and one is working in her home-town hospital in
Allen Smith III, the first working R.N. to return to college
for a four-year degree in this program, is employed by Lehigh Valley Hospital.
Next up: The School of Nursing proposes to
expand its concerns to Africa. A team from Sikonge Hospital
in Tanzania visited during Commencement week,
by Central Moravian Church and St. Luke’s Hospital. They came to
learn about U.S. health-care delivery, in comparison with medical care
During the visit, a partnership was established between our School of Nursing
and a school that is planned for Sikonge.
As with the clinic in Ahuas,
Honduras, where four nursing seniors worked last winter break, the hospital
is run by the Moravian Church World Mission
Janet says the project, as currently envisioned,
will be initiated in stages:
- May 2003: Nursing textbooks provided.
year 2003-04: Collection of teaching models, equipment,
supplies, materials for a new school of nursing. Sharing
materials. Solicit laptop
computers and printers. Shipment by container to Tanzania,
if approved by World Mission Board and funds are available.
- Fall 2004: Janet
travels to Sikonge for teaching residency.
- Spring 2005:
Student/faculty group travels to Sikonge, pending approval