Thirteen nursing students and two nursing faculty members spent their spring break helping residents of Montego Bay, Jamaica.
They worked in teams to provide health education and screenings in one of the island’s most impoverished areas. The group set up clinics at a school, a church, two orphanages, and a school for the deaf.
“The people were amazed at how fast our clinic was run and how little time it took in the waiting area, which was a shock to all of us because we thought we were making people wait too long,” said Kelly Fuller, senior nursing student.
They provided screenings and information on hypertension, cholesterol, diabetes management, self breast exams, oral hygiene, and tobacco awareness.
“When it came to our education modules during the clinic, everyone listened intently and they were so curious and gracious to hear what we had to say. This trip has also inspired me even more to want to work in international health one day,” said Fuller.
The group provided care to 500 people.
“It was a wonderful service learning experience. It gave them the opportunity to apply everything they’ve learned. They demonstrated respect and acceptance for the population they served,” said Dr. Lisa Muirhead, assistant professor, School of Nursing,
Members of the nursing department visited the same area in Jamaica three years ago. Students received course credit and paid for the trip themselves.