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Uganda 2018 – An Unexpected Return

She came with two friends to honor their favorite teacher from nursing school, Mary Smith. They had been friends for years and wanted to do something special together. But when registered nurse Lou Brady agreed to come to Uganda last year she never dreamed she’d be back again. It was an incredibly rewarding experience however and here she is, starting IV’s, taking vitals, and comforting patients both as they prepare for surgery and recover from it. A long time med-surg nurse, she enjoys the challenge of one-on-one patient care and she certainly finds her share of that in the pre and post anesthesia care unit at Lacor Hospital in Gulu.


The first day was long and the room grew hot and stuffy as the afternoon wore on but she never stopped smiling. Now one of the team veterans, she said she felt much more calm and sure of herself as the area went from empty to buzzing in the first thirty minutes. She said the day was busy but she still found time to enjoy the lunch that is provided for the local and visiting staff.


Lou said her PACU team seemed to gel immediately. There was plenty of teaching and learning and interaction with the local nursing students. On the bus back to the hotel at eight thirty she said she was tired and thirsty but she spoke for all of us when she said she is excited to see what the rest of the week holds.


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