Know your heroes and heroines:Nurses pioneers

Who is Eliza Mahoney_?As usual we look at some of our nurses pioneers.

Born 7 May 1845 in Massachusetts she became the first African American registered nurse.Setting her path in predominately white society,she graduated in 1879.

In 1908 she co-founded National Association of Coloured Graduates Nurses(NACGN).The organization attempted to uplift the standards and life of African American registered nurses and fought racial discrimination.NACGN was later merged with American Nurses Association in 1951.

Eliza received many honors and awards even inducted to American Nurses Association Hall of Fame in 1986_

Eliza passed on in 1926

Treeman syndrome aka Barkman syndrome that’s EPIDERMODYSPLASIA VERRUCIFORMIS

It’s July 2010,in Indonesia village of Java,Dede Koswara examines limbs that are mutating ,his skin hands and feet are resembling tree roots and skin resembling tree bark.This has already cost him his marriage and work at a local construction firm.People stare and some conclude he is cursed.

He is suffering from a rare disorder,EPIDERMODYSPLASIA VERRUCIFORMIS.

This is a rare disorder caused by humanpapilloma virus,it further predisposes sufferers to more other types of humanpapilloma viruses and skin cancer,even though sufferer will still be immune to other infections.(Medscape;Healthline)

This is hereditary and requires 2 abnormal genes from both parents to develop and is called autosomal recessive inherited disorder

Symptoms appear from any age,most prevalence between the age of 5 to 11.The sufferer present with flat topped bumpy lesion,small raised bumps or papules,large patches of raised,inflamed skin or plaques and scabs.

The condition doesn’t have any cure,surgery is a temporary solution as the lesion grow again.Other treatments include chemical treatment like liquid nitrogen,salicylic acid ointment and cryotherapy (freezes warts)

The patient is advised to limit sun exposure as s/he is prone to skin cancer.

As,nurses,do we feel valued the way we are entitled to by the Employer?

Regardless of nationality or where nurses are based,there are some common challenges that grip nursing community.One wonders how the hospital or a clinic would operate if there are no nurses even if it is for short duration.We go extra miles to work on grey areas,execute some of the duties on behalf of some members of multidisciplinary team who are not around by some cause or not yet yet well staffed to carry such a specific duty.We have to improvise,ain’t we the ones at the forefront of health care system _?This should come with the price hence the ones to be blamed for first if the system is failing the community .

There can be moments at some point and time where one feels that the employer is not supportive enough, nor listening attentively enough or even not appreciating enough or renumarating nurses enough.The picture above was extracted from recent years Kenya nurses protest,a touch of reality on how we nurses feel for not being valued enough to the point we want to highlight this,and any employer who does care should easily understand and not be reminded twice_Oh well….maybe we need to keep reminding them_

This year a nurse who wrote to The Guardian anonymously stated’I never expect to be a millionaire as a nurse,but I would like to be valued for the work I do’….

During the recent health summit in South Africa professor Jacobs stated’We talk so much about caring for patients,but not health care workers….and we don’t have programs to undertake care of caregivers in the system.

One would wish that somebody is listening.Does the employer seriously want to transform health care sector while they ignore the needs of those who are expected to carry health care services to the public_?Though appreciation doesn’t only mean financial compensation’and we can’t downplay the fact that nurses are one of most underpaid profession in South Africa,a simple acknowledgement and support can do some good_

Elections are around the corner and as usual we expect our government and politicians to boast about improved health care system’and some opposition criticize the current state of health,and how National Health Insurance scheme which is on the pipeline is progressing with ease,during their campaign.So someone will continue saying this as if those institutions run themselves though.Do we have enough trained staff for this,Do our government see the need to address staff shortages.Are we going to be remumerated accordingly?……and the list goes on.Is employer ready to make healthcare workers well cared for the way they promise the community _💉😷😷😷

Nurses Inventions

Let’s look at one of nurses inventions.For those who followed us on our page before,most may have explored with us this very same publication.One may question why some of those nurses,if not most,didn’t get the credit they deserve or even the publicity;and we would say’We don’t know’.What we know is we can’t give up giving credit to our smart nurses,heroes,heroines and pioneers.

Phototherapy🙄Yes,phototherapy,neonatal phototherapy to reduce jaundice was invented by Sister Jean Ward,the nurse in Rochford general hospital in Essex,England.After realizing that sunlight reduces jaundice in new born and premature babies she invented the device commonly used in clinical settings today.That was in the 1950’s👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

Sirenomelia or Sirenomelus aka Mermaid syndrome

What is it….?Well;What are some of the features of mermaid_?In explanation this mystery creature is believed to look like part human at the top and part fish bottom;Well let’s leave that;Sirenomelia or Sirenomelus is a congenital developmental disorder’The ‘Mermaid syndrome,or Sirenomelia or Sirenomelus,You can even call it Sirenomelia syndrome.’

It is characterised by partial or complete fusion of the child legs.The child may have one foot,or non,or two feet which rotate extremely.

Extra abnormalities may include genito_urinary abnormalities,Gastro intestinal abnormalities,heart problem,kidneys problems,spinal abnormalities amongst others.

The exact cause of mermaid syndrome is not known_Scientists suspect both environmental and genetic causes.

The condition is fatal for new born,Well next time we revisit this condition we are going to look at its morbidity and mortality and how some of the lucky few managed to survive this condition.

Today let’s look at one of the rare diseases

Kuru:Today we visit one of the most rare and isolated disease on records called Kuru.Ever wondered what could happen following consumption of human flesh ?Most of us find the act immoral,and in humane,right?But is there any health risk ever recorded or currently exist affecting cannibalism following their feast on human flesh?That is why we went beyond well known ailments to search if we can find one.
This one is isolated to the Fore people in 🇵🇬 Papua New Guinea_
kURU:_means ‘Shivering’_as rare as it is,it affects the Fore people of Papua New Guinea who practice cannibalism,not because they were hungry nor wanted to claim victory on their victims;…anyway they consumed the dead 💀 as the ritual practice,believe that this will free the souls of their deceased….Mmmm…🙄to ensure that they will rest in peace.

But wait…..Mostly women and children 👶 were the one affected and it happen that they are the ones who mostly consume brains during this cannibalism feast.

There must be something from the brain that is causing them ill….🙄….?

Not viruses……..,bacteria,fungi nor living organisms_Well_this is caused by abnormal protein that multiply in the brain,called ‘prions’_infecting mostly women and children as they were mostly the one eating brains that happen to be infected with Kuru disease,while men and boys eat flesh of relatives who died.This has ritual has been practiced for ages. Infected brain will resemble a sponge ,💉medical termed ‘Spongeform_

Kuru is a neurological disease,and has incubation period of 5 to 13 years,sometimes even more.,The disease is fatal.
It is characterised by muscle twitching,loss of coordination,difficulties in walking,involuntary muscle movements ,dementia,mood changes,and difficulties in swallowing or eating.

The new government has put an end to this ritualistic cannibalism, but sporadic cases still occur due to long period of incubation.