Meet Our Nurse Giovana
"I was destined to become a nurse."
April 4, 2016 - Peru
Giovana became a part of the staff and NPH Peru family in January 2014. Surprisingly she found our organization by pure coincidence. “I passed by the entrance, knocked on the door and asked what this organization does. I was informed that it was a children's home called Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, and that they were looking for a nurse. I went online to their webpage to learn more and I liked their Mission and Vision, so I decided to present my C.V. After two months they called me for a personal interview.”
Giovana was called to become a nurse and knew this long before she entered this professional field. “My decision to become a nurse started before I finished secondary school when I started volunteering in a hospital called Es Salud. I visited patients that did not receive visitors and I was able to observe the gentle treatment that was given by the nurses.
When we have new arrivals at NPH Peru, Giovana is a part of the welcoming team that provides immediate assistance. She takes the child´s vitals, and depending on their condition she will then take the child to the local hospital. A case that stands out to her was the arrival of Max* who is a now four year old boy that arrived with a severe and temporary health condition that was caused by contaminated water and was living in an unclean environment. Max needed a great amount of follow up care and it was the first time she had seen a case as severe as Max´s.
When asked about the health condition of new arrivals she says, “The new arrivals come with many medical problems. The most common are parasites, lice, dermatological problems, anemia, poor hygiene, and tooth decay.”
Giovana knew that she wanted to be a nurse and describes it as a career of service and support to others. “I have wanted to do this my whole life, helping others with kindness, a smile, or simply being at the side of who needs my help. The most gratifying part of my job is a simple ‘thank you’ or a smile from my patient.”
Here at NPH Peru many staff members wear more than one hat. For example, Giovana is our nurse and she also advocates for our home. She has helped connect our home to many wonderful individuals that have donated generously to our home. She has helped to find local godparents, and her own mother is a sponsor to one of our little ones in the kinder house. We are very thankful to have Giovana as a part of our NPH Peru family. Thank you!