Shearwater Health sponsored Dr. Miriam Carole Atieno Wagoro, dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Nairobi in Kenya, to speak at the 48th EDTNA/ERCA International Conference in Prague, Czech Republic. Dr. Wagoro presented her research on the psychological experiences of patients with end-stage kidney disease in Kenya to give attendees insight into the emotional and mental trials that face patients with ESKD.

Global experts like Dr. Wagoro have much to contribute to the nursing profession, and it advances the impact of patient care around the world for her to share her research with nursing leaders and practitioners from many different countries.

Dr. Wagoro is a Kenyan citizen who received a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Nairobi where she specialized in Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing. She then earned her PhD in Mental Health Nursing from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Her expertise in the nursing culture of Kenya helps Shearwater understand how to best support Kenyan nurses as they transition into working in U.S. hospitals.

The research project was a 12-week study on a group of 14 patients who were diagnosed with ESKD and were undergoing renal replacement therapy. Upon completing numerous in-depth interviews, Dr. Wagoro uncovered the widespread fear, anger, isolation, and abandonment that these patients experience on an everyday basis because of their diagnosis.  Her findings of the psychological adversities these patients experience will be applicable to patients from various countries/cultures affected by ESKD.

Shearwater Health seeks to expand the size and impact of nursing globally. Dr. Wagoro’s deep expertise and relevant knowledge promotes nursing leaders’ ability to care for patients around the world and needed to be heard. Dr. Wagoro is an inspiration to the nursing profession and we are grateful for the opportunity to support her contribution to the conference.