Whitney Kendall '12 took her nursing degree halfway around the world to open a nurse-managed clinic in Uganda.
During the summers before her junior and senior years at York, Whitney went on mission trips to Uganda and wanted to help the people there in a more lasting way. "My heart was broken for the children and lack of healthcare, treatment and prevention they received," she said.
At the beginning of her senior year, while enrolled in the nursing program's community health clinical, Whitney realized that a health clinic like this was just what the people she had visited in Uganda needed. At that moment, the idea for His Hope Uganda Health Clinic was born.
Whitney then faced the unfamiliar task of learning about business. "Spring semester was very busy with practicum, night shifts, classes, tests and projects. However, mine was a little different. In my spare time, I searched the internet, learning what it would take to set up a nonprofit."
Whitney also spent her time driving back and forth between York and her home in Maryland to meet with individuals who worked for nonprofits and set up a board for her clinic, which is planned to open in the spring of 2013.
The support of three of her nursing professors, Lynn Warner, Ph.D., Karen March, Ph.D., and Cheryl Thompson, Ph.D., encouraged Whitney in her endeavors. "These women not only helped me excel in school, but believed in me as a person and in my dreams," she said.
Whitney encourages other nursing majors to push themselves to be the best that they can. "Nursing is hard. But it is so rewarding. Put yourself to the test and pick the hardest patient on the floor so you can learn even more, and always ask questions."
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