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BC Maternity Nurse Shares Experiences from IUBAT

Rachel Thiessen, a maternal child health nurse from BC, visited Bangladesh during the summer semester of 2012. Amidst the heat and dust, she experienced the friendliness and intriguing nature of the colourful city of Dhaka. About her time at IUBAT she writes, “The summer semester focused on abnormal obstetrical situations. Since I have only two years of nursing experience in maternity nursing, this proved to be somewhat of a challenge. Perhaps I underestimated the mountains of work that go into preparing course lectures, assignments, marking, completing clinical evaluations and supervising clinical placements. The eight students in my class surprised me with their verbal English and I was impressed with their ability to communicate with me.”

She continues, “IUBAT is on the right path to graduating competent nurses who have the opportunity to change the face of nursing in the future for Bangladesh. And a lot of this is due in large part to having volunteer faculty who come to the university to pass on their knowledge and skills across various nursing practice settings. All in all, despite the day to day challenges, the IUBAT health project is well worth the time invested, both professionally and personally.”

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