Kurnia Ramadhani’s Story Developing Potentials in Two Continents

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KURNIA Ramadhani at Coady Institute, St. Francis Xavier University, Canada. (Photo: By courtesy)

UNAIR NEWS – Kurnia Ramadhani or familiarly called Dhani is an alumna of Universitas Airlangga Faculty of Public Health (FKM) graduated in 2009. Dhani is currently a Section Head of Health and Nursing Services at Tongas Hospital, Probolinggo. Even so, her desire to learn does not just stop. Dhani continues to develop her competence to foreign countries.

On September 2016, Dhani attended a short course titled Local Economic Development at Hague Academy for Local Governance, Netherlands. At that time she was still working at Waluyo Jati Hospital, Probolinggo. During the short course Dhani focused more on the development of moringa or what we commonly known as Moringa leaves.

“Moringa leaves were selected because at that time RSUD Waluyo Jati was trying to become a hospital focusing on the use of Moringa leaves,” Dhani told  UNAIR NEWS.

Don’t stop at the Netherlands alone. After being appointed Dhani as Head of Health and Nursing Services at Tongas Hospital, she continued to strive to improve her leadership skills. One of the efforts that Dhani did was to take part in a leadership program entitled Global Change Leaders at Coady Institute, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish City, Nova Scotia, Canada, from May to June 2018.

“The program focused more on women leadership so that all participants are women,” said Dhani.

The program was followed by only 25 selected participants from 22 countries in the world. Dhani is the only delegation from Indonesia who participated in the program.

Not only taught about leadership matters, Dhani also learned about concern for climate change, the principles of good governance and other general matters. In addition to studying in the classroom, Dhany was invited to visit the women’s resource center of the province and the women’s resource center of the city.

“In the women resource center, we learned a lot of things. Like how to deal with victims of violence against women from all aspects. Both medical, economic and psychological, “said Dhani.

Many things happened while in Canada. The most memorable experience for Dhani is during Ramadan. She must fast and celebrate Eid al-Fitr not in her hometown. The dawn time is the same as Indonesia, but the iftar time reached 9pm made the fasting felt longer.

“The most interesting thing is on Eid al Fitr. We prayed in the public worship hall, one complex with the church,” she said.

It is not right to go far abroad without introducing Indonesian culture. Therefore, when the graduation day arrived, Dhani performed a dance titled Galiyer dance. The dance received a very good reception.

“In fact, there were guests who came to me to say thank you because he thought the dance was so beautiful that it made him very impressed,” she said.

Even though she returned Indonesia, Dhani’s assignment was not just finished. She must make a new innovation. So, on Tuesday, November 6 at Campus B UNAIR, Dhani came to visit Dr. Ernawati, drg., M.Kes, who was her supervisor when she was in college and shared her experience while abroad.

To her juniors who are still in college, especially undergraduate students of Public Health (IKM), Dhani advised them to choose specialization in IKM S1 according to their own choice. Because, many of them still confused about the future with their career.

“Whatever you choose should be based on your interest. Because, in the future you can be more professional in that field. Either in AKK (Administration and Health Policy, ed), health promotion, environmental health and other fields, ” she concluded. (*)


Author: Galuh Mega Kurnia

Editor: Feri Fenoria Rifa’i


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