LyaPopova-Massage therapist in a children’s neurological hospital. Married with three kids. Tuyara Stepanova is a 24 year old laboratory assistant at the National Centre of Medicine in Yakutia, Russia.
Phyllis Probert: “What do you think health is?” “What are the priorities of health in Yakutia?”Tuyara Stepanova : “In my republic the main priority is healthmodernization, well that is what it seems to me”Phyllis Probert: “Are you going to become a registered nurse?”Tuyara Stepanova: “I am in my third course at the medical institute atdepartment of nursing, prior to that, completed secondary education inlaboratory diagnosis. In the future I want to work as a speciality nurse.”
Phyllis Probert: “You are presently a laboratory assistant so are yougoing to become a registered nurse in the future?”Llya Lipin: Being a laboratory assistant is not as well paid in Canada,but it is an interesting job. Normally lab assistants are better paidthan nurses in Russia so there are very few people who would preferto become a nurse after lab assistant course. It is called laboratoryspecialist.Phyllis Probert: “How does the school system run in Russia for alaboratory assisstant?”Llya Lipin: “It is easier than in Canada. I believe to becomelaboratory specialist you need to get a 3 year degree in medicalcollege. The school is not very expensive and for bright students whocan pass the entrance exams with excellent marks – the education willnot cost anything, the state will pay for those people. The % of budgetstudents comparing to those who have to is almost 50:50”Phyllis Probert: “As a student do you have much patient interaction?”Was unable to answer as Llya is not a nursing student
Mary Roy: “What is your weather like? How is school going? What kind ofclasses are you currently taking ?”Lya Popova: “I apologize for delay in reply, I have been on clinical inChina. We already prokticheski winter temperature -10 is still warm. Wehave very cold up to -40 but thats not soon and it promise to -50 .But weare accustomed to this kind of weather and are looking forward to spring.The first exam on hygiene deposited the fine, the session begins”Mary Roy: “What are the requirements for getting into nursing school?Why do you go to China to do your clinical, why not stay in Russia?”Lya Popova: “You need to take an entrance exam and have a diplomabefore you get your degree. I work as a massage therapist in a childrensneurological hospital, children are diagnosed with cerebral palsy. We go toChina because it is a better learning experience and we have access tomore modern technology. Russia is very behind when it comes to medicalequipment.”
Mary Roy: “How is your school? How long were you in school? How manyhours do you study? Do you find it hard to balance your family life withyour school life?”Lya Popova: “Work with school easily combine, my very supportivehusband, my family, my mother and children. Learning two pairs a day.A lot of homework given free time almost none. Learning is a complexprocess especially pharmacology. Do you have any items? It is difficultto learn?”Mary Roy: “What is your role as a nurse? What are some priorities whennursing? What are Russia’s biggest health issues?”Questions went unanswered.
Must have diploma before getting nursing degree Nursing is not a highly respected profession Nurses are not as independent as they are in North America
Under staffed Equipment is often reused (gloves, masks, gowns) Patient privacy is rare
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Russia hospital beds are not up to date, they lack railings,require manual work to be adjusted and don’t look verycomfortable for the patient. Russia Ile a laCrosse