I’m Susan Bruch, a registered nurse in charge of the
recovery room on this Interplast trip. At home in California, I
am a nursing instructor at DeAnza College. It’s been great to apply my skills of being
an educator and a nurse with a background in pediatrics here in Cusco, Peru and in other countries with Interplast.
I love working with people from different cultures, which is
one of the reasons I’ve volunteered with Interplast for almost 20 years. At DeAnza, I work
with colleagues and students from many different cultures, so I appreciate the
opportunity to interact with people from diverse backgrounds through Interplast. It really allows me to study and improve my
communications skills, which are so crucial for the practice of nursing and
Teaching is very high on my priority list for the day, even on an Interplast trip. For the past two days, I have supervised nursing interns here in the Cusco Hospital Regional, who have been incredibly helpful to me in the recovery room. This has created a valuable opportunity for education alongside the Interplast surgeries. Here you can see a photo of me with Shiowan, one of the hospital’s nursing interns. Shiowan has completed the required four years of nursing school, and is now doing an internship to specialize in pediatrics.
Today, I asked Shiowan to speak with the parents of one of our patients, Maria Jesus, to tell them how the surgery went. Later, we talked to Maria Jesus’s parents about proper follow-up care after surgery. I really believe in the importance of empowering the parents of our patients with medical knowledge about the health of their children. Interplast allows me to use my experiences as a nurse educator to help children and families, as well as the nurses who care for them.