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Nurse Educators Visit Ghana and Kenya to Expand Relationship and Offer Support to African Nursing Students
Cedar Crest Faculty Members Will Distribute Much Needed Supplies Including Stethoscopes and Thermometers


Allentown, PA (November 2, 2006) – Two members of the Cedar Crest College nursing faculty will travel to Africa on November 5th to visit the College's partner nursing school in Ghana and establish a new relationship in Kenya.  This year, the professors will also bring donated supplies including stethoscopes and other teaching aids to distribute to the student nurses.

Dr. Laurie Murray, chair of the nursing program at Cedar Crest, and Professor Joan Timalonis will make the Narh-Bita School of Nursing in Tema, Ghana their first stop.  Last year, Cedar Crest nursing faculty traveled to the school to celebrate its first matriculation ceremony and establish an ongoing relationship that will mutually benefit the nursing students here and abroad.

While in Ghana, Murray and Timalonis will take part in the matriculation of Narh-Bita's third class of nursing students and give a lecture.  A main goal of this trip is also to bring much-needed supplies to give to the students.

"There is a huge need for basic supplies such as thermometers and stethoscopes, and also for teaching aids like posters and model organs," says Murray.  "Through the generosity of the public and businesses, we will be donating a number of these items.  We hope to continue to do more in the future."

The instructors will also give out toothbrushes for the nurses to give to local patients, stressing that good oral health leads to better overall physical health.

In addition to their visit to Ghana, Murray and Timalonis will also visit a school of nursing in Nyeri, Kenya to witness the particular challenges facing the nurses there.

"In that area of Kenya there are many children who have lost their parents to AIDS," says Timalonis.  "We hope learn more about their community health practices and how the nurses handle patient care."

This second trip to Africa is part of the Cedar Crest nursing program's ongoing commitment to address the critical nursing shortage facing the United States and nations across the globe.  Dr. Murray and Professor Timalonis will bring back photos and experiences that can give special insight to how these countries are facing this hurdle and how the knowledge gained can benefit nursing students in the Lehigh Valley as well.

For more information, please contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790. 


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