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Recent nursing graduate begins work in India

Recent School of Nursing graduate Jacqueline Mamoulelis (center) poses for a picture with fellow teachers at Giffard Memorial Hospital School of Nursing.
Recent School of Nursing graduate Jacqueline Mamoulelis (center) poses for a picture with fellow teachers at Giffard Memorial Hospital School of Nursing.
Recent School of Nursing graduate Jacqueline Mamoulelis had a taste of adventure and missions when she served a one month clinical experience in Botswana in early 2006. After traveling with Dolores Wright, DNSc, RN, associate professor of nursing, and the rest of her class to Botswana, Ms. Mamoulelis knew she had to see more.

The staff at Giffard Memorial Hospital (GMH) in Nuzvid, India, were delighted to hear that she was willing to come.

“An e-mail from the United States to India came burning through the wires,” says Gail Schatzschneider, part of the administration team at GMH. “Did we need a graduate nurse for our hospital? Did we?! Immediately, our e-mail flew back. Yes! Please send her on the next plane.”

Giffard Memorial Hospital’s School of Nursing is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. With its long existence and positive reputation, it has drawn student nurses from all across India.

However, it is difficult to find teachers for schools of nursing with the increasing international demand for nurses. It was during this critical time of need that Ms. Mamoulelis arrived in rural Nuzvid at GMH in the middle of the night.

Because of her experience working at Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center, Ms. Mamoulelis was asked to teach psychiatric nursing and accompany the second-year class of 20 student nurses to a psychiatric hospital for six weeks in a nearby city.

Ms. Mamoulelis observed several differences in the way the local hospital operated. For example, electro-convulsive therapy is given without anesthesia, and the family primarily takes care of the patient.

Although Ms. Mamoulelis had never taught before, she organized her lectures and delivered the material in record time. She taught classes in spirituality of nursing, respiratory therapy, and prepared examinations for oncology and neurology.

Ms. Mamoulelis admits that her first love is nursing, but she does love her students, as teachers tend to do.

“It is hard to get used to the students standing whenever I enter or leave the classroom,” she says, “but my students are very hospitable.”

During her time in India, Ms. Mamoulelis has visited Kerala on the west coast of India and south of Goa. According to Ms. Mamoulelis, her next trip will be to Bangkok, Thailand.

“Giffard Memorial has benefitted so much from Jacqueline’s help,” says Ms. Schatzschneider. “We are very excited to have her here.”

By Dustin R. Jones, MA, and Gail Schatzschneider

TODAY news for Thursday, March 26, 2007