Nursing Across the Ages

by Sean N. Bennett

Henry Taylor

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Figure 1. Henry Taylor (Photo taken by Josh Seiuli - JS Photography. Apia)

The Early Years

Henry was the 9th of ten children born to Epenesa Lumanuvae Fepuleai Tuimaseve Fuea and Taylor Pulusi. He was born on May 2, 1982 in the village of Motootua in the city of Apia on the island of Upolu in the country of Samoa. Epenesa was raised in the viilage of Vaitoloa, near the center of Apia. Taylor was raised 39 kilometers to the west in the village of Falelatai. They met in Apia and as they say in fairytails . . . they lived happily ever after.

Emenesa & Taylor settle in the village of Motootau, a 6 minute ride from home. Samoans live in villages made up of several families. They do not just choose a village, they live in a village with family.

Epenesa and Taylor built a home and a family In Motootua. They were blessed with 10 children:

I grew up in Samoa … Regardless of the weather, our dinner time was at 8:30 PM and bed time was 10:00 PM.

Eating out at a restaurant was a huge deal, a rarity actually, that nearly never happened.

There was no such thing as fast food on every other day, and having a bottle of soft drinks or a large ice-cream from the local shop was a real treat. Boy oh boy! Pass your final exams and then you may get a new pair of clothes!

You took your “school” clothes off as soon as you got home and put on your “home” clothes. There was no taking or picking you up in the car, you either boarded the school bus or rode on public transport! Or simply walked back. You got home did your chores and your homework before dinner.

Our house phone had a cord attached and a dial so there was so there was no such things as private conversations!

We didn’t have apple tv, Amazon Prime or Netflix, we had only a few channels to watch and not available 24/7.

We played Cops & Robbers, Hide & Seek, Football, Cricket, Marbles and any other game we could come up with . . . At home, we stuck to chess, scrabble, snakes and ladders & Monopoly.

Staying shut in the house was a PUNISHMENT and the only thing we knew about “board” was - - - “you better find something to do before I find it for you!”

We played music via magnetic tapes or radio.

We went to a local shop for grocery and candy used to be a few cents or at the most fifty cents.

We ate what Mom made for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Even snacks were homemade. Bottled water was a luxury and unheard of. We drank tap water. At home it was boiled and cooled. While playing outside straight from the tap.

We weren’t AFRAID OF ANYTHING. We played until dark . . . sunset was our alarm.

We hung around with real friends not virtual. We rode our bicycles or walked to meet our friends. At their houses. Friends houses were extensions to our home.

If someone had a fight, that’s what it was and we were friends again a week later, if not SOONER.

We watched our MOUTHS around our elders because ALL of our aunts, uncles, grandpas, grandmas, AND our parents’ best friends were all extensions of our PARENTS and you didn’t want them telling your parents if you misbehaved! Or they would give you something to cry about.

We respected the Police, Fireman, Ambulance workers, Teachers, Doctors and Nurses. We never answered back . . . ever!!

We got detention at school for not doing our homework, being late to class or being naughty. Our teachers spanked us when we deserved, and our parents did not complain about it.

Those were the good day. So many kids today will never know how it feels to be a real kid. I loved my childhood and all the friends I hung around with. Good Times.

10. Primary schools attended (village and island): Lepea Primary School, Upolu. 11. Favorite things to do as a kid: Climp trees😁 12. Colleges attended (village and island): Faleata College(Lotopa) and Leifiifi College (Malifa) Upolu Island 13. University attended (village and island): National University of Samoa, Upolu Samoa. Ryukyu University, Okinawa Japan 14. What made you want to be a nurse?: For me, nursing is a life I didn't choose; it chose me. In a historically female-dominated profession, I am honored to be a male nurse exemplifying inclusion, strengthening the nursing profession, and improving the overall quality of care for our diverse patient population. I am a man with ordinary ability that has worked hard, very hard, but that is all. Humbled, honored, and above all blessed to serve the people of Samoa, I have been led by God in strange and unaccustomed paths to do His service; all glory be to Him! 15. When did you decide to be a nurse? as above.. 16. Favorite parts of nursing school: Clinical practice, putting theory in to practice 17. Age started university: 17 years of age. 18. Age started nursing school: 17 19. Pictures in nursing uniform 20. Family pictures 21. School/university pictures 22. Church you currently attend: LDS Pesega, Methodist...etc whichever closer to where i was stationed. 23. Church attended as a kid: LDS Pesega 24. Locations of nursing orientation year in order (hospital, village and island): orientation 2005, TTMH, Poutasi, Lalomanu, Lufilufi (Upolu.) MTII Tuasivi, Foailalo, Sataua, Safotu (Savaii.) 25. Wage during your orientation year:$14,000 tala per annum which equivalent to US$6k Henry Taylor was born On May 2, 1982 in the village of Motootua on the outskirts of the city of Apia on the island of Upolu, Western Samoa. He was the ninth of ten children born to Epenesa Lumanuvae Fepuleai Tuimaseve Fuea (mother) and Taylor Pulusi (father). Epensesa was born in the village of Vaitoloa, Apia. Taylor was born in the village of Falelatai, Apia. 6. How your parents met? The children born to Epensesa and Taylor were: Iosefa John Feula Lovely (twin 1) Leonia (twin 2) Palamo Aveina Suilagi Tulia Nia Henry Junior Schools in Samoa are primary school. Years, grades, 1-8. Collegeare years 9-13 and then University. Henry attended Lepea Primary School, Upolu. When he was not in school and doing chores, Henry was climbing trees, playing rugby, and playing with siblings and friends from the village. 12. Colleges attended (village and island): Faleata College(Lotopa) and Leifiifi College (Malifa) Upolu Island 13. University attended (village and island): National University of Samoa, Upolu Samoa. Ryukyu University, Okinawa Japan 14. What made you want to be a nurse?: For me, nursing is a life I didn't choose; it chose me. In a historically female-dominated profession, I am honored to be a male nurse exemplifying inclusion, strengthening the nursing profession, and improving the overall quality of care for our diverse patient population. I am a man with ordinary ability that has worked hard, very hard, but that is all. Humbled, honored, and above all blessed to serve the people of Samoa, I have been led by God in strange and unaccustomed paths to do His service; all glory be to Him! 15. When did you decide to be a nurse? as above.. 16. Favorite parts of nursing school: Clinical practice, putting theory in to practice 17. Age started university: 17 years of age. 18. Age started nursing school: 17 19. Pictures in nursing uniform 20. Family pictures 21. School/university pictures 22. Church you currently attend: LDS Pesega, Methodist...etc whichever closer to where i was stationed. 23. Church attended as a kid: LDS Pesega 24. Locations of nursing orientation year in order (hospital, village and island): orientation 2005, TTMH, Poutasi, Lalomanu, Lufilufi (Upolu.) MTII Tuasivi, Foailalo, Sataua, Safotu (Savaii.) 25. Wage during your orientation year:$14,000 tala per annum which equivalent to US$6k

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