Posted on 19 June, 2013

This post is by Melanie Windus, Project Coordinator – Fiji.

Open Heart International is not just about the surgery. Our projects are all customised to the needs and plans of the individual countries. One of our goals in Fiji is to continually be improving the level of nursing care provided.

Each year a number of Fijian nurses are selected to work with the team, and some come from other hospitals around the country to be attached to Open Heart International for our stay. Education consists of practical experience, and workbook learnings something that has been developed by some of our wonderful hard-working volunteers.

Today we had the presentation of the educational certificates to those nurses that had completed the requirements. This year 35 local staff received certificates for working in partnership with the OHI team. Every nurse working on attachment received the certificate and also received certiifcates for the competency in skills they mastered with the Open Heart International team.

Sera has been selected by the Matron and the Ward sister to be attached to the OHI team every year since 2007.

Over the time of attachment Sera has become more confident in her skills. Working with the team means you can learn alot with time mamangement. It extends her learning to be able to work with the OHI team. She has worked in the ICU with the OHI team and cared for ventilated patients, arterial lines and removal of drains. To see the level of care the visiting team gives the patients has made a difference in the way she is caring for her patients. “I have learned to ask the questions and I see the knowledge that the OHI staff have. They work confidently and that is somehting that I need to have”

Congratulations to all the nurses that have worked with us during this trip. Thank you so much for your dedication and your hard work and for helping us over the past two weeks. We certainly could not do it without you.

presentation of the educational certificates to local Fijian nurses

presentation of the educational certificates to local Fijian nurses presentation of the educational certificates to local Fijian nurses

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