Regis College’s School of Nursing in Weston, Mass., is finding success in its Community Health Nursing Course, during which students receive an alternative clinical experience.
Most recently, six students and two faculty members traveled to Villa El Salvador, Peru, to complete the practicum.Regis students with the Director Sr. Flor and faculty from Padre Luis Tezza in the nursing lab.
Villa El Salvador is an extremely impoverished 30-year-old coastal village of about 400,000 residents. Its inhabitants live well below the poverty level on less than $1 a day. The children of the village have one school and one daycare center; most of the children are malnourished and struggle to survive.
The students, along with Assistant Dean Nancy Phoenix Bittner, RN, PhD, CCRN, and faculty member Patricia Ciarleglio, RN, MS, NP, worked in the region’s two health clinics and one nutrition clinic. The staff was taught various aspects of care, and much was learned from them about their effective treatments and creative interventions.
The college plans to take its next group in March 2009.