Three-Week Hospital Internship

Posted by Spalding Hurst

March 4, 2024

Nazareth Hospital Mokama

A group of second-year novices, including Champulo Hunni Purty, Chodipamu Vineela, Mariam Murmu, Mary Tudu, Neha Lakra, Noela Tamang, Ranika Toppo, Roshila Dungdung, Sapna Kullu, and Suchita Hassa Purty, recently completed a three-week hospital experience at Nazareth Hospital Mokama. This opportunity allowed them to immerse themselves in the fast-paced environment of health care, offering both challenging and rewarding experiences.

Throughout their time at the hospital, the novices were confronted with the realities of life and death, witnessing firsthand the fragility of human life. The experience of seeing patients pass away was described as a moment of helplessness, while the recovery of others showcased the remarkable capabilities of medical intervention and care.

The group was able to observe and participate in various aspects of health care, learning basic skills such as checking vital signs, bandaging, preparing beds for bedridden patients, and practicing medical hand hygiene. These skills proved invaluable, enabling them to assist the nursing staff more effectively.

An innovative aspect of their training included a class on acupressure and naturopathy led by Sister Sushma Xaxa, broadening their understanding of alternative medicine. They also had the opportunity to observe medical procedures, including X-rays, blood tests, and both normal and cesarean deliveries, further enriching their learning experience.

The novices expressed a deep sense of gratitude towards Sisters Tessy Varghese and Reshma Pious for facilitating this invaluable experience. They reflected on their growth in compassion, love, understanding, and empathy, emphasizing how the experience has equipped them to better serve their communities and missions.

This hospital internship not only enhanced their practical health care skills but also deepened their appreciation for the healing profession, witnessing the dedication of doctors and hospital staff. The novices leave Nazareth Hospital Mokama with a renewed sense of purpose and a deeper connection to the healing mission they feel called to.

Ch. Vineela
Second Year Novice


  1. Linda Soltis, SCN

    What a life changing experience for the novices. Learning on an experiential level is the best teacher. The formation directors who organized this training experience are to be commended.

  2. Janice Downs

    I’m so glad that these novices were given the opportunity to have this hospital experience . . . to have a hands-on approach, to really be with people and to learn skills that will serve them well, no matter what profession they enter in the future; finally, to see people at their possibly most vulnerable moments and to feel real compassion towards them. I commend all who made the decision to have the novices experience this time at Mokama Hospital, who taught them special skills and who mentored them throughout their time there. I hope they had an opportunity to journal about that experience. Sister Janice Downs


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