Science Academy 2014
The Gardner-Webb University Hunt School of Nursing participated in a summer Science Academy as a joint venture between Gardner-Webb and Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy. Fourteen middle and high school students from Thomas Jefferson were provided with week-long, hands-on science experiences. The GWU Hunt School of Nursing introduced these students to the nurses’ role in the perioperative and operative settings.
Guatemala Mission Trip
Two GWU Hunt School of Nursing professors took a group of students on a mission trip to Guatemala from May 17-24, 2014. The team consisted of 2 nursing professors and 12 students: 10 nursing majors, 1 exercise science major, and 1 biology major. They were blessed to have the opportunity to serve with missionaries in the village of Chirijquiac in Cantel. Guatemala, who work with the Maya Quiché people through the Good Shepard Clinic.
They served in multiple methods, which included working in the standing medical clinic, a mobile medical clinic, and in three schools. In the standing medical clinic, they assisted nurse practitioners and doctors to provide care to the local Maya Quiché people. One day the team had the privilege to serve with a highly respected orthopedic Guatemalan doctor; the group saw 37 patients this day! In the mobile medical clinic, team members set up a clinic in a Maya Quiché home one day and in a radio station another day. The team worked with nurse practitioners and saw approximately 65 patients from local villages within a two-day span. In the schools, team members gathered medical information from and provided healthcare education to approximately 800 elementary school-aged children and 200 middle school-aged children. One group also had the opportunity to provide education and dietary supplements to parents at one school. The team gathered and made healthcare hygiene kits prior to the trip; these were provided to all patients seen in the mobile medical clinics. Spanish bibles and toothbrushes were also collected and distributed to patients and children.
The team also had the opportunity to visit a public hospital in Guatemala. This was a rare educational experience for the students and professors to understand how healthcare is delivered in a foreign country.
International Nursing Simulation
Candice Rome and Nicole Waters presented at the 13th Annual International Nursing Simulation / Learning Resource Centers (INACSL) conference in Orlando, Florida on June 19, 2014. The presentation was titled “Sense with Cents” and was recognized as The Meg Meccariello Session, which acknowledges a session focused on low cost / homegrown simulation solutions.