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

Thursday, May 9, 2013

NURSES for EDNA -- Bethany Langlais

Beth Langlais, RN, BSN graduated from Seattle  Pacific University in 2005. She is an accomplished nurse with clinical experience working in diverse populations in Maternal Child Health.

Beth has worked at Swedish Edmonds Hospital in Labor &Delivery and has served as lead preceptor for new staff members. She is described by fellow staff members as a nurse with many strengths, among them her ability to advocate for her patients and her desire to learn.  She continually seeks new learning opportunities in the field of nursing.

In June 201, Beth will complete her Masters degree in nursing  from University of Washington, School of Nursing, Bothel with an emphasis in global health. “While working on this degree,  I have learned a lot about injustice, suffering, and lack of adequate medical care globally. I have become very passionate about these issues and want to do everything I can to change them,” Beth says. Her long term career goals include working in global health for women and children.

Beth has served on medical missions both at home and abroad.  In 2001 she volunteered in New York City in a medical clinic that served the homeless. In 2005 she served for 10 weeks in a Medical clinic in Costa Rico.  She has volunteered with Girls on the Run of Puget Sound providing a healthy living program for local youth. And, she presently volunteers with the Aurora Mobile Clinic startup, a medical clinic that serves the homeless of Seattle.  In March 2012 Beth completed a medical mission to Haiti with Global Health Outreach.

 In August, this year, Beth will travel with a team of nurses, Nurses for Edna, to volunteer at the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital in Hegesia, Somaliland. Anticipating this experience Beth says, “While completing my Master of Nursing degree I was shocked to learn about the state of healthcare for women in developing nations. Women are dying every day. It has become my life's goal to improve the health of women around the globe and without the support of ONE NURSE AT A TIME and Barcos Nightingales Foundation I would not be able to participate in serving and partnering with women Somaliland. Their support means we can start making sustainable change in women’s health now. It is a dream come true for me.”

The first Nurses for Edna team is being assisted by the generous support of Barcos Nightingale’s Foundation as well as many others.


Barco’s Nightingales Foundation, operating as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was founded by Michael and Frida Donner on behalf of Barco Uniforms. The Foundation serves to advance the nursing profession and honor those women and men who devote their lives to serving others through nursing. The Foundation supports the vitality and courageous heart of nursing, while dedicating itself to honoring the spirit of those women and men who choose nursing by focusing its philanthropic efforts on helping to mend lives. For information, follow us on Facebook, contact Barco’s Nightingales Foundation headquarters at 310.719.2108 or email