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Nursing team provides care in Jamaica

The weather is hot, and UTC students and faculty are busy in their hands-on educational learning experience in Montego Bay, Jamaica, West Indies. Nursing faculty are supervising 15 undergraduate and graduate student nurses as they work in collaboration with the Jamaica Ministry of Health and regional health authorities.

Health screenings and educational sessions by the nursing group benefit Caribbean Christian School for the Deaf, local orphanages and basic elementary schools. They have spent time interacting with nurses, physicians, and other health professionals at Cornwall Regional Hospital. UTC students and faculty have compared and contrasted nursing curriculum and educational experiences with students and faculty at the Cornwall School of Nursing.

“We have set up a health clinic providing blood pressures checks, blood glucose checks, clinical breast exams and counseling, and health education stations on such topics as stress management, skin protection from the sun, and general hygiene,” said Lisa Muirhead, MSN, ARNP-CS, ANP and Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing. “We also provided donated reading glasses to those who needed them.”

While Muirhead serves as team leader, additional faculty traveling in Jamaica include Cindy Morgan, Dr. Miram Zwitter, Dr. Susan Davidson and Dr. Martina Harris.

International hands-on service learning experiences allow for immersion in a community, Muirhead said. Students also discover an awareness of what drives health related behavior, including values, beliefs and resources or lack of resources.

“The people of Jamaica have overwhelmingly been accommodating, supportive, and quite appreciative. Our student nurses have far surpassed our expectations, are performing well, and learning lots!” Muirhead said.

This international educational experience will further aid students and faculty in gaining interpersonal skills necessary to meet the realities of the global community, broaden their perspectives of nursing internationally, and lend to professional and personal growth, according to Muirhead.

Jamaica Jamaica

Jamaica Jamaica

Jamaica Jamaica

June 8, 2007