June 15, 2015

“Top Ten” things we’ll miss when we leave Lesotho

Ok, maybe it's a few more... 1. The cordiality of our hosts at Maluti Adventist College. 2. Being asked whether we slept well. 3. Being asked whether we’re warm and having our hosts find additional heaters for us. Our precious paraffin heater 4. The wonderful vegetarian meals cooked for us by the Cafeteria Ladies. The team enjoys the breakfast smorgasbord. 5. Their kindness to us when we requested essential bathroom supplies. 6. The beautiful voices of the church choir and the churchgoers as they sang their hymns. 7. The kindness of the church attendees who shared their prayer books with us...
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June 4, 2015

Winter is Coming

“Winter is coming.” Dr. Corless pronounces sweetly with her usual charming smile. Marian and I exchange glances and laugh because she evidently has no idea of the joke she just inadvertently made, which only adds another layer of humor to the statement. Winter is coming to Lesotho. Rain, wind and chill have replaced what we have come to know of the dry and arid countryside. The air smells sweet and shrived of debris, and the skyline vista from our little cottage illuminates the clouds with robust colors of pinks, purples and blues when the misty rainfall breaks and skies clear. We take...
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June 1, 2015

Border crossing

Panoramic view of the mountains. It’s hard to believe we have been here for only a week and a half, it really feels like so much longer. We have made so many new friends here and are starting to feel very settled in our new home. It has been long enough for us to appreciate how much we have learned about the warm culture of Lesotho but short enough for us to also recognize how much we have yet to learn. The exceptional hospitality we have experienced reminds me of how I was raised, in Vietnamese culture the comfort of our guests is an absolute priority. We always try our best to accommodate...
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May 31, 2015

End of Our First Week and the End of the Semester

It is now approaching a week that we have resided in Lesotho. We have been so absorbed preparing simulation materials to discuss with faculty and our presentations to the nursing students that there has been scarce time to write and update our blog. The days have already started to get shorter, and the weather colder, especially in the mornings and evenings, but we are warm and well cared for. Frequently we are asked if we have everything we need and if we are warm enough by staff members as they greet us. An extra space heater was delivered upon the mere mention of the changing weather...
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May 27, 2015

Inspiration is all around us

My Saturday started by waking up at 4:30 AM to go check my email. I was waiting for a message that needed to be answered by midnight EST (6:00 AM our time). Since my computer doesn’t connect to the available Wi-Fi in the house, I have to walk down the path and sit in front of the administration building where the router is. I was bundled up in two fleeces and a winter jacket, grabbed my headlamp and headed out into the dark. I could have been back in Boston, enjoying the beginning of the three-day Memorial weekend in the warmth of spring. Instead, I’m typing away under the stars, my hands...
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May 22, 2015

First Day!

Dumela friends & family! We wanted to write to let you know that we arrived safely and are really excited to begin our wonderful collaboration with the Maluti Adventist College here in Lesotho. Our host colleagues were waiting for us at the airport in Maseru to give us a warm welcome and have been incredibly hospitable to us. We made our first purchases when we realized that the conversion plugs that we brought with us were not ones that would work and were in need of new ones. Our friends kindly took us to Pioneer Mall, one of two shopping malls in the country, the largest one in the...
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May 12, 2015

Interprofessional Education

In the May 1 issue of the New York Times it was enlightening to see a discussion of interprofessional education (IPE) highlighted in a column (unfortunately) titled “ Doctors and Nurses Not Learning Together ” by Dr. Dhruv Khullar ( a resident at Mass General). Dr. Khullar is a frequent contributor to the column and has produced several op-ed pieces on health care. In the article under discussion, the writer discusses the lack of exposure in medical school to mutual education opportunities with nurses, physician assistants, social workers, or pharmacists. He indicates that in his residency he...
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May 5, 2015

Welcome to the Lesotho Scholars Blog!

Welcome to the Lesotho Scholars Blog site! We will be going to Lesotho on May 20th to share some ideas with our colleagues there. I know we will also learn a great deal from our colleagues about the challenges they face in providing health care and in educating their nursing students. We're very excited to be going and meeting our colleagues in Lesotho and look forward to your responses to our posts.
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February 26, 2015

Research and education to address the challenges of those struggling with Alzheimer’s disease.

The award winning movie Still Alice, for which Julianne Moore won a 2015 Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, has won the publics’ hearts for its moving portrayal of a female professor’s struggles due to early-onset dementia. Here at the MGH Institute, we recently experienced a riveting evening hearing Greg O’Brien, an award-winning journalist and author who is documenting his struggles with the same neurocognitive disorder in his book: On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s . It was part of the theme “Dignity With Dementia” that our first-year students are focusing on throughout the 2014-...
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January 22, 2015

Our Week in Community Posting

Greetings from India! This past week, we were lucky enough to accompany the fourth year BSc nursing students (equivalent to our BSN) to their community “posting” (placement) in a small village outside of Manipal. The Manipal College of Nursing (MCON) has three “adopted” villages that both second and fourth year BSc nursing students rotate through for their 7 week postings. In these villages, they assess and care for a variety of patients and diagnoses. We accompanied the students for three days and were able to meet and assess many of the members of the community. Their diagnoses ranged from...
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