The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on May 22, 1974 · Page 19
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The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota · Page 19

Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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Wednesday, May 22, 1974
Page 19
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Patients love foreign nurses DII ff A'WUDirXT •s\T**TrmKi ^™^^ ByKATHRYNJOHNSON Ass-chted Press Writer MACON, Ga. (AP) - The petite, dark-haired foreign nuses at the Medical Center of Central Georgia are sometimes confused by their patients' Southern drawl. And patients occasionally feel the same about the nurses' soft ace ants. Such barriers, however, are overcome by the big, warm smiles and bedside manners of : the 25 young nurses — 20 of them from the Philippines. "Patients love them," said Damon D. King, administrator of the hospital, which selected the girls last spring after careful screening of 100 ap: plicants. "They're kind, empathetic ; and know how to give tender loving care so important to patients," said King, "We think . these are natural traits. "The reason we sought foreign graduate nurses is • simply the shortage of nurses," • said the administrator. A : number of hospitals across the ' nation are seeking foreign ' nurses for the same reason, he said, particularly the less : populous areas. : "We're well pleased with ithem," King said about the : nurses, whose ages range from Yachts 'sail' the Sakara Desert we deliver 22 to 25. The girls come from a variety of regions, ranging from large cities such' as Manila to the mountains of Mindanao. Elizabeth S. Nardo, who wears her long, dark hair parted in the middle and pulled back, says she came because "I'm quite adventurous. I wanted to see the States and to gain more nursing experience. "We are homesick at first," she said. "And now again at Christmas, we are so far from home and loved ones. Sometimes we are crying." The girls, who came last June, have a year's temporary visa, which can be renewed twice, giving them three years here if they desire. "It's too early to say whether we'll want to stay," said Miss Nardo. Nine of the nurses interviewed said they were able to send money home to their large families of brothers and sisters and also to save. In the Philippines their annual salary as nurses was $600. Here it is $7,500. And they don't mind working the evening and night shifts — it can mean an extra $100 a month. American nurses often have families, said King, and therefore are more reluctant to work the around-the-clock shifts needed in hospitals. The foreign nurses note one big difference in American patients and those in their countries. "They ask for more pain medication," said Mrs. Saramma Ninnan, of India. "One notices it especially in the delivery room." Byung Hee Kim of Seoul, Korea, who is an operating room nurse, says, "I particularly like all the disposable equipment, the gloves, syringes, all can be thrown away instead of having to clean to use again." "It's really modern here," said Eufracia S. Zapanta of the Philippines. "You don't have to improvise equipment as we sometimes have to do at home. "But what is different that we miss is that we don't have the total patient care as we do at home. There we can give aspirin or a hot water bottle without asking the doctor. Here you cannot," said Miss Zapanta. All of the girls have a great yen to travel while they are in the States. Thus far, they have only visited Florida where the highlight of their try) was a roller coaster ride at Disney World. "Most of us don't date because we are loyal to our boy friends at home," said Miss Nardo. However, one of the foreign nurses has married while in the States. "We window snop and we have the television 24 hours a day," said Estrella S. Custodio, in reply to a question about their recreation. All the girls live in an apartment complex near the hospital. Miss Custodio says patients sometimes ask them to lunch or invite them to their homes. "The Southern accent is sometimes hard to understand but also sometimes they use the slang," said Miss Custodio, her brown eyes smiling. S. Thomas of India, one of four male nurses at the hospital, and his wife, also a nurse, are immigrants to the United States. Their keenest loss now is home ties, particularly their J-year-old child, whom they hope to have join them soon. W. D. McClure, assistant administrator of the hospital, who flew to the Philippines to select the 20 girls, says they passed intensive tests before being chosen. "By personally interviewing them, you can tell if they have a severe problem with language and you're also able to screen out acute personality problems," said McClure. "In addition, they took a six weeks' acclimation course which they had to pass," he said. "The big incentives for them to come are money, a chance to travel and the educational opportunities." However, President Ferdinand E. Marcos announced recently that tiie Philippine government will no longer permit nurses to go abroad as students or as exchange visitors. He said 18,450 are serving aborad. One of the nurses at the Macon hospital voiced the only real gripe any of them had with American. "Too much tax here," said Ofelia Rendon, smiling broadly. WASHINGTON (AP) Yacht racing usually conjures up pictures of white water and flying spray. But camera crews recorded brown sand and flying stones when they filmed a 1,400- mile "sail" across the Sahara Desert last summer by land yachts from eight countries. Speeding over the western Sahara with triangular sails taut in the breeze, the one-man craft often race on only two of their three tires as steeply canting hulls lifted one wheel high in the air. The helmeted yachtsmen maintain a precarious balance by deft handling of two steering wheels: one to maneuver the vehicle's front wheel, the other to trim its brightly colored mainsail. For their month-long journey, land yachts from Belgium, Canada, France, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Poland, the United States and West Germany set out from Tindouf in southern Algeria, once a stop stretches of undulating sand for caravans traveling the old hills and patches of hazardous trade route to Timbuktu. rock and loose stones Though the light craft can go up frequently cut their speed in fo 60 miles an hour, alternate half. Fer(is Fills (Ml.) hitnl Wdl.,Mly22,1974 23 HEARING AID BATTERIES Zenith brand—to lit all sizes and All other models! Always Iresh! ANDREWS PRESCRIPTION PHARMACY MEISTER GOLF a DINE —AT— OAK WOOD GOLF COURSE 2% Miles West of Hearing on Co. Hwy. 1C, or 10V 2 Miles East of Battle Lake on Co. Hwy. 16 —THIS— FRIDAY MAY 24 - "Special Oriental Cooking" iu/* , iu/\ *v Reservat i ODS Requested, Phone 583-2127 Also Regular Menu Selections SATURDAY, MAY 25 - Regular Menu Selections LIVE ESTERTAIXMBST FRID.U t\B SVFIRDIY FROM 9:00 P.M. In 1:00 A.M. "FLMPBRS HILL"-BEST BA\i IX THE AREA OAK WOOD DINING ROOM HOURS: Tuesday- Thursday... 6 to 10 p.m. — Friday - Saturday... S to 11 p.m. Sundays... 5 to 9 p.m. —Mondays... Closed fl\-SALE LIQIOR BAR - MO\DAY THROUGH SATURDAY SUNDAYS... BEER and SET-UPS from 12 to 9 p.m. m RUBBER 8WDS OPEN THURSDAY TO 9:00 P.M. Satisfaction Guaranteed • Replacement or Money Refunded OPEN SUNDAY, MAY 24 12 NOON TO 5 P.M. "MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION — PRICES GOOD THROUGH SUNDAY, MAY 26 — ir Men's lO-speed 26" bicycles , WITH FOREIGN ACCENT—Nurses from several countries are 'sometimes confused by the Southern accent of patients at tbe Medical Center of Central Georgia, but such barriers are overcome by warm smiles and bedside manners, patients say. (AP Photo) Indian slaughter is revealed Serving you For 60 Years Call736-5433or Stop In! CU1ABA, Brazil (AP) — An areheologist in Brazil's remote western state of Mato Grosso has found evidence of what may. have been a mass slaughter of Paiagua Indians by Portuguese colonial soldiers almost 200 years ago. T^ehel Silimon, a Hungarian- born scientist who has lived in Mato Grosso since 1953, said he discovered "nearly 100" skeletons — men, women and babies — with their heads chopped off buried near the Paraguay River. Silimon determined that the bones were of Indians, because of pieces of native pottery he found buried nearby. "We still must carry out more studies. But one thing is sure: those Indians did not die natural deaths," he told a newsman. "It wasn't an epidemic either. They were were massacred." The skeletons were discovered near Ft. Coimbra, built in 1775 when Brazil was a Portuguese colony. The Brazilian army still uses the fort today. 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