by Mike Lee
KENYA - The nursing profession lost a friend, educator and clinician recently with the passing of University of Oklahoma College of Nursing Assistant Professor of Nursing Florence Makandi Mubichi.
Florence lost her battle with cancer on the 16th of March at 1:40 p.m. Kenyan time. She was at her home in Meru, Kenya, surrounded by her loving family.
Florence has worked as a nurse on two continents. Most recently she was an Assistant Professor of Nursing at The University of Oklahoma College of Nursing and previously on the faculty at Southwestern Oklahoma University.
Prior to her work in Oklahoma, she was the Principal Tudor (Director of Nursing Education) at Maua Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Kenya.
Florence Mubichi was wife of Mr. Stephen Mubichi Paul, mother to Fridah, Ravena and the late Miriam Mubichi. She was grandmother to Alexia Kanana Mubichi and daughter of Mrs. Alice M’Mwongo and the late Daniel Mwongo Kirima.
The OU College of Nursing sent a tribute letter to Mubichi’s family. It read, in part:
"Since January 2007, The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of Nursing has been extremely fortunate to have Florence Mubichi, Assistant Professor of Nursing, as an outstanding communicator, scholar, nurse educator, humanitarian, friend and mentor to faculty, staff and students.
"She worked collaboratively with faculty to bring new insights and resources to better inform the teaching of students.
"She made interdisciplinary connections and was a valued Oklahoma LEND Interdisciplinary Leadership Education Program Fellow.
"She has made significant contributions locally, statewide, nationally and internationally through her active participation in organizations including Sigma Theta Tau International, Beta Delta Chapter at large, the American Nurses Association, the International Council of Nurses, Kenya Nurses Association, COINN (Council on International Neonatal Nurses), International Neonatal Nurses Association, Oklahoma Nurses Association, and the National League for Nursing."
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for contributions to the Miriam Kanana Mubichi Foundation.
This is a foundation established in honor of Florence’s daughter and 100% of the donation will be used on projects Florence held close to her heart.
Memorial monetary gifts can be sent via Seeds of Grace, the 501c partner organization for the Miriam Kanana Mubichi Foundation.
Jane Nelson, executive director of the Oklahoma Nurses Association, said Mubichi will be missed.
"She not only had a global view of nursing she had a global impact on nursing," Nelson said.
"Look at the things she did as an educator in two continents."
Services were held on two continents for this remarkable woman.