When she was a young child in her native Sierra Leone, Daphne Doherty’s goal was to find one good meal every day.
And now, with that same perseverance, her goal is to earn a nursing degree at LaGrange College and return to her home country to help children find the best in themselves.
“Little girls there do not have a dream of an education,” Daphne says. “I was raised to cook and clean, and I’m so grateful to have acquired those skills as a mom and a wife, but education should be the priority. So that’s what I want to take back to the children there—to tell them this isn’t it for you, that you have to want to learn something and be somebody.
“Kids back home don’t have that dream. Their goal is just to get a good meal every day, and that was my goal too growing up.”
It's early Monday morning at West Georgia Health in LaGrange, and junior Heather Dalfiume is methodically assessing the health of her latest patient, a human simulator called "METIman."
Though he looks like a mannequin, METIman is no dummy. This innovative technology will enable LaGrange nursing students to perform lifesaving diagnostics on a simulated human being capable of presenting thousands of clinical signs and symptoms.