Be the change you want to see in the world. ~ Ghandi

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Welcome Back Nneka!

One Nurse At A Time would like to welcome home Nneka Matlock, the first 2012 scholarship nurse, from her medical mission to Haiti!  Nneka traveled with Hands Up For Haiti providing direct medical care for pediatric patients as well as neonatal training and education to doctors, nurses, and traditional birth attendants on neonatal assessment, resuscitation, and care. She also planned to do an assessment of the existing nursery at the teaching hospital in an effort to fill in the gaps with education and equipment.

Nneka has a Bachelor’s in Public Relations and a second degree Masters in Nursing from the University of Maryland at Baltimore 's Clinical Nurse Leader program. Her motivation for becoming a nurse stemmed from her experience as a health volunteer in the Peace Corps in Ghana , West Africa . While there, she worked with an organization that helped malnourished children, mothers, and lactating/pregnant women; a support group for people living with HIV/AIDS; and an orphanage. Her work included an array of health education, home health visits, and grant/proposal writing for income-generating projects. The Peace Corps experience has been an invaluable learning tool and motivation in her life.

She is currently a NICU nurse at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring , Maryland where she gets the chance to help the tiniest, most precious gifts- the babies! When she's not working, she enjoys traveling, reading, foreign films, learning about other cultures, and the outdoors.

Stay tuned to see photos and hear the details of her trip!