Nurse Without Borders

Photo by Tina M. SkinnerOut 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 and Nicole Spangler ’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, five 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 Connecticut. 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, sponsored by Central Moravian Church and St. Luke’s Hospital. They came to learn about U.S. health-care delivery, in comparison with medical care in Tanzania. 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 Board.

Janet says the project, as currently envisioned, will be initiated in stages:

  • May 2003: Nursing textbooks provided.
  • Academic year 2003-04: Collection of teaching models, equipment, supplies, materials for a new school of nursing. Sharing of curriculum 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 and funding.

July 15, 2003

Save the Children:
Moravian contributions of clothes and toys sent to Iraqi children.

Moravian joins Annapolis Group of elite liberal arts colleges.
History with a Kick:
Moravian's contribution to the Miles of Mules project.
And the Band Played On:
Faculty blues band Lethal Combination.
Short shorts:
Musical Offering, Page-Turner, One More, Lame and Halt, and Deaths in the Family .
Nurses Without Borders:
School of Nursing starts the process of assisting a nursing program in Tanzania.
Faculty/staff/student achievements.
The Written Word:
Lebenfeld student writing awards.
Ties That Bind:
Bettie Smolansky represents Moravian at her alma mater, Lenoir-Rhyne College in North Carolina.