Rural Missionary Nursing Then and Now

Nursing in the 1970s in rural Papua New Guinea (PNG) was very primitive; and being the highest trained health care worker for 10,000 people with limited resources was a challenge. After 10 years in PNG, it was a dramatic change to work in Kenya (Tenwek Hospital) and start their school of nursing. From living on a small medical compound in PNG, to living on a large medical station with a 300-bed hospital came with an awareness of the many differences. Nursing was vastly different. However, equipping the nationals for hospital nursing, midwifery and community health along with giving spiritual care was very rewarding. In this session, Mary Hermiz will share her stories, along with the struggles and blessings of those times.