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“Every one of us can start changing headlines when we start reaching out our hands.”

-Ann Voskamp

Someone recently asked me how much more I think I will grow. Her question calls for a clarification: I’m a big fan of word play. I warmly responded that I have finished growing physically but I hope I never stop growing emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. I’m a twenty-something currently processing a quarter-life crisis; these thoughts are the byproduct of confusion, uncertainty, and a dash of loneliness.

My career is about as crazy as the sweater your great aunt knits you for Christmas: a splash of colors with loose threads poking out from every side. I have worked as an adult and pediatric emergency nurse, an inpatient pediatric nurse, a screening nurse, and a community health nurse. My favorite is pediatrics because in order to successfully work with children you have to be goofy, say silly things, and make fun of yourself often. I am fluent in English, Spanish, and (slowly) learning French. I’d rather explore the eccentric corners of this big, fat globe we occupy than do almost anything else.

I volunteered with Mercy Ships, a faith-based nonprofit from 2015 – 2017, working in Madagascar and Benin as both a pediatric ward nurse and a screening nurse. The screening team is responsible for finding and selecting patients for surgery as well as coordinating the logistics of their stay on the ship.

Global health has always been a passion of mine. I’ve traveled to and/or worked in Southeast Asia, Central America, the Caribbean, Western & Eastern Europe, and around the continent of Africa. In August I am taking my passion one step further: I begin a Master’s in Public Health program at the Harvard School of Public Health. I am both humbled and excited to learn how to best use my skills to bring health care to under-served communities.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope my stories resonate with you.

Kayla

” ‘Not by might nor by power but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.”

-Zechariah 4:6

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Patient assessment in Cotonou, Benin. (August 2016). (If you’re wondering what that is…it’s an ameloblastoma, a cystic and bony tumor of the mandible.)

 

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Playing with Samsdine, a patient I met in northern Benin. He was severely malnourished due to his cleft lip and palate. He fattened up in the Infant Feeding Program and is having surgery as I type this!
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©2016 Mercy Ships Photo Credit Justine Forrest; OBF Screening dockside party to celebrate International Women’s Day. Tamatave, Madagascar. (March 2016).

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