Dear Friends of IntraHealth International,
The nursing students at ALKAN Health Science College in Dessi, Ethiopia, finished the last quarter of their first year at school and spent the summer preparing to take their competency exams. These are national exams, administered by the Amhara Regional State Center of Competence (COC). The students have spent the past year learning some of the basics in nursing and will be tested on topics that range from giving a child a bath and transferring a patient from a bed to a wheelchair to the proper administration of cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
In order to prepare for the exams, the students took part in a cooperative studies program arranged by the university in different areas in Ethiopia. Many of the students were able to return to their local districts to participate in the cooperative course, which helped alleviate, even if only temporarily, the added challenge and economic burden of being far from home.
Almaz participated in her cooperative course at Ajibar Cologenet Health Center where she worked with other students to review and practice the topics covered throughout the year. These group trainings, she says, will help her pass the exam this October. All of the students said they spent time studying on their own during summer break and some of the students even attended a special tutorial program before beginning their cooperative course. Tsehay says she focused on her studies and “was reading different materials [during the break] targeted to the COC exam.”
To our nursing students pictured above—Almaz, Fatuma, Eyerus, Hawa, Haymont, and Tsehay—best of luck on your competency exams! And to those who support these impressive, committed students and our continued mission to serve as champions of the frontline health worker, thank you. To learn about other ways IntraHealth International is empowering frontline health workers, visit us at www.intrahealth.org or sign up to receive our news and updates.
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