Nurses for Edna

Within just a few weeks last Fall, seven nurses, from different parts of the States, as well as Canada, reached out to One Nurse At A Time. Each had questions about women’s healthcare volunteer work. All wanted to volunteer in the global arena. Sue Averill, President of One Nurse At A Time, met with those nurses who live in the Seattle area, and arranged a Google Hangout later to include the entire group. Several of the nurses had read the Book, Half the Sky; some had seen the documentary by the same name. They were all inspired, particularly by the work being done by a nurse/midwife, Edna Adan in Hargeisia, Somaliland. The idea of Nurses for Edna was born.


Wanda Chestnut

RN, DHSc, HIV/AIDS Specialist from Glen Dale, MD

Wanda has  over 15 years of experience in HIV/AIDS work. During those years, she has focused on the HIV/AIDS population, both in the United States and Africa.

Sarah David

RN, BSN, Emergency Nurse from New York City, NY

Sarah currently works in the Emergency Department in the Bronx, NY. This challenging work atmosphere has taught her to multi-task, prioritize and think critically on her feet.

Kimberly Law

BSN, RN(C) Perinatal Nurse Specialist from Penticton, British Columbia

Kim is a registered nurse with certified practice in reproductive health and perinatal specialty training. In 2012,she traveled to Liverpool, UK to obtain a professional certificate in Emergency Obstetrical Care and Newborn Care as well as her Diploma in Tropical Nursing.

Kerra Plesko

Certified perinatal nurse

Kerra is an RN in a Maternity unit in Prince George, B.C. where she is responsible for antepartum, L&D and postpartum care. Kerra also serves as a preceptor for new nurses.


Lynn Calkins


Lynn’s main emphasis in her career has been education and empowerment of women.

Nancy L Harless

RN,. BSN, WHCNP, Maternal Child Health from Wever, Iowa

Nancy is a retired Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and a writer. She is a published  author  and editor of two books and numerous nursing journal articles.

Beth Langlais

RN, BSN, MN, Maternal Child Health from Seattle Washington

Beth is an accomplished nurse with clinical experience working in diverse populations in Maternal Child Health.

Emily Scott

RN, BSN, PCCN is a L&D nurse at Providence Medical Center, Seattle

“It would be a dream come true for me to volunteer at Edna’s hospital,” says Emily, “but for now I want to do anything I can to support the team going in August 2013.”

Fiona Smith

RN, BSN from Seattle Washington

Fiona is a Public Health Nurse who works with low income women, most of who are refugees and immigrants, providing clinic nursing and Maternity Support Services including home visits.

Located in the Horn of Africa, Somaliland is an unrecognized, self-declared state. Women of the country struggle to receive equal rights and healthcare services due to gender inequalities, weakened infrastructure, lack of education, poor literacy rates, and limited access. After learning about the issues women and girls face across the globe, Nurses for Edna is joining the movement to empower and uplift women and prove that you can make a difference.

Nurses for Edna hopes to build a lasting relationship, and empower the nurses of the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital, as well as create a pathway for future nurses to volunteer. Nurses for Edna will teach courses in Basic First Aid and General Physical Assessment, as well as share nursing practice and skills on the hospital floors while supervising student nurses.

“I’m hopeful that the success of Nurses for Edna will inspire other nurses to join with us, sharing their passion, skills and knowledge to benefit those most in need at home and around the globe,” said Sue Averill, President. “I do believe we can change the world, One Nurse At A Time.”


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