What would Florence Nightingale do?
I have a suggestion for all my nursing colleagues in Kathmandu. There are evidently many places where people are living outside. I am outside the Valley, and reading everything I can get my hands on. I saw these reminders on FaceBook about using the proper toilet, washing hands etc. Somebody reminded that we were already having Swine Flu and we don’t want to get it out of control…..
I know there are many nursing students and many unemployed nurses. The people living outside probably don’t have faceBook……..You don’t need somebody’s permission to start using your nursing skills on the people around you!
I wonder if it’s possible to do the following on a voluntary basis.
1) wear your uniform and go to a site where people are living. Make a sign that says who you are, and set up an “office”
2) go around and check everyone there – take b/p, find out their meds, and see if they are okay. you can screen them to decide if they need to go to doctor or health post. maybe this will help unclog the hospitals.
3) teach a class about disease prevention – just like you were still in nursing school.
4) get the children organized. I think the children especially need reminders about handwashing etc because they are the ones who don’t know the rules yet.
I am not there in Kathmandu, but like the rest of the entire world, my prayers are with you. If you think this list above would work, start doing it and share this post with others. If you don’t think it would work, try something else….