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Baylor Nursing Faculty Hear Call to VietnamSeptember 1, 2010
- by Lori Spies
Nothing happens by chance and Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing having Sandy Tindel, Glocal Ventures Founder and President Bob Roberts Jr.’s sister, on our Dean’s Board was certainly part of God’s plan. The idea for the trip to Vietnam came from the support offered to the school and its faculty which led us to learn of the work being done by NorthWood-Glocal Ventures, Inc. (GVI) in Vietnam. We were inspired to explore the idea of collaborating with GVI in Vietnam for the possibility of future trips for faculty and students. As a University, Baylor is committed to providing our students the opportunity to examine their life as a calling and as such we felt moved to visit Vietnam and consider it as a possible place to use student and faculty gifts and talents.
We began discussing this trip in faculty meetings more than a year before the August 2010 trip. We had many questions about a trip to Vietnam and all that it would entail. The planning and the trip exceeded our expectations. It was a delight working with the knowledgeable and helpful people in Dallas and in Vietnam. We exchanged many e-mails with Sherman, Tan and Dennis to develop a plan that was tailored to our needs. What we came to call the Baylor Nursing Delegation met frequently to develop our trip objectives. Before long an itinerary was arranged that catered to our objectives.
While in Vietnam we were able to meet our trip objectives by beginning the process of developing relationships with our nursing colleagues at Nam Dinh Nursing University and Chuong My district hospital. We were able to tour the National Pediatric Hospital and see the neonatal unit. We explored opportunity for future student service trips and study abroad semesters. We found it very gratifying to provide faculty development at Nam Dinh Nursing University, sharing our passion for excellence in nursing with our interested colleagues. While in the hospital we were able to provide requested continuing nursing education. We believe we have found a match for our gifts and talents at both of these places and are currently developing plans for return visits.
It is difficult to portray the depth and breadth of feelings the trip brought forth from the Baylor Nursing Delegation. We feel blessed by a generous donation that made the trip possible, we delight in the friendships developed from a well-matched team. We are grateful to GVI for the impressive attention to details of our food, lodging and transportation that enabled us to direct our energies towards taking in all the sights and sounds and gathering the information needed for future efforts. We remain awed by the rich, green beauty of the country. We are humbled by our nursing colleagues who have big goals for the future of nursing and health care in Vietnam and we long to help them achieve those goals. We are touched by the kindness and friendliness we felt each and every day in Vietnam. God is good and we hear him calling us to and from Vietnam.
Lori Spies M.S.N. is a lecturer and interim Family Nurse Practitioner Coordinator in the Louise Herrington School of Nursing at Baylor University.