Ombisa is making great progress in his nursing training and continues to get good marks and generally show solid performance in the classroom and in his practicals. Ombisa is well on his way therefore to becoming a fully trained nurse.
We are really pleased that Ombisa's training has been fully funded thanks to contributions through Globalgiving and through other channels. Ombisa is incredibly grateful to all who have supported him to reach this far. This is truly a life-changing opportunity giving him very high chances of getting employment and even his dream of training to be a doctor in the future is looking all the more possible.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this fund, be assured that you have really helped to change a life, not to mention the lives that will be impacted by this young nurse.
The Nairobi Hospital is a prestigious hospital in Kenya, it was first built in 1952 for white settlers and grew post-independence especially in the 1970s when it cared for the ailing first President of Kenya Jomo Kenyatta. The school of nursing where Ombisa now studies was opened in 1956. Alumni from the school now work as nurses across Kenya and in Botswana, South Africa, Australia, America and the UK.
The school's impressive track record is achieved through rigorous training, Ombisa is now back in class after a very brief break for Christmas. He continues to keep up with the packed schedule and is enjoying student life in the school. Certainly the future looks bright for Ombisa and he is working hard to make the most of thsi opportunity. On his behalf, thank you to all those who have supported him to get this far.
Ombisa is currently on night shifts in the hospital and will be for the next few weeks until he returns to the classroom in November for another three months of classes. Life as a student nurse is hard work but Ombisa is finding some time to make use of the swimming pool on campus and play football in the nursing school football team.
We asked Ombisa what had been the most difficult part of his job so far, he said that the first time he had to deal with a deceased person was very hard, he felt like he might faint! But he didn't faint and now he has overcome that fear. Lets hope he will not have to deal with that situation too often!
Thank you for your support to send Ombisa to nursing school, he is really enjoyng himself and this is truly a life-changing experience for him.
In our last report, Ombisa was busy gaining hands-on experience on the wards of Nairobi Hospital. The trainee nurses had a brief rest at the end of this work experience and are now back in the classroom for more theory. This is a very intensive course with classes starting early in the morning and going till late afternoon. Ombisa reports that he often stays up late into the night to keep up with the set reading as well. Certainly this course requires a lot of dedication and hard work. Our Social Worker Gladys sometimes visits Ombisa in the evenings or on sunday afternoons. He is certainly finding the workload tiring but his good grades suggest that he is up to the challenge.
Thank you all those who have been supporting Ombisa and those who continue to do so. Ombisa is not taking this opportunity for granted but throwing himself into it whole-heartedly. So on his behalf, thank you for your support.
Ombisa is currently undertaking three months of ward visits, during this time the students take a break from classroom lessons to gain some vital hands-on experience on the wards. Ombisa says he is enjoying the experience though some of the matrons can be tough on the trainee nurses. This is an important time for Ombisa to put his learnt knowledge to practice and learn by doing. It is time to develop his skills and grow in confidence, Ombisa can at times be shy so we hope this challenge will push him out of his comfort zone and surprise himself with what he is able to achieve. It is during this stage that Ombisa gains a taste of what life as a nurse will really be like. So far, Ombisa has shown himself to be a disciplined and focussed student and has risen to each challenge.
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