On May 12, medical professionals all over the globe commemorate the birth of Florence Nightingale in celebration of International Nurses Day. Since 1965, the United Nations has worked with the International Council of Nurses to show support for the work nurses do in improving the lives of patients and the healthcare system.
The role of nurses varies across the world depending on the resources available. In sub-Saharan Africa for example, nurses often take on roles traditionally held by doctors and pharmacists because for people living in small, rural villages, access to large hospitals and fully licensed doctors is scarce.
Nurses take on a more advanced position when they are the only medical professional available. Young women in sub-Saharan Africa who choose to enter nursing school are seen as leaders in their communities and garner a great deal of respect. However, attending nursing school is often a challenge due to the immense poverty that persists in Uganda.
But Ruth studied hard and took an interest in a variety of subjects —particularly the sciences. She earned an amazing academic record and scored high on Ugandan national exams despite missing many classes. Her family couldn’t afford tuition, but Beautiful World offered her a scholarship to fulfill her dream of attending nursing school.
Ruth is now a role model and leader. She’s been attending nursing school for four months and can give vaccinations to her patients. Ruth hopes to teach the importance of vaccinations to her community to help stop the spread of disease.
Beautiful World scholarships provide everything students need to succeed, allowing them to focus entirely on school instead of worrying about basic survival and these courageous young women graduate with the potential to spread hope in their community. Click here to support more girls scholarships like Ruth.