The Crouse Hospital College of Nursing is embarking on a journey that will take the college’s undergraduate nursing students and faculty across the globe to expand their understanding of international healthcare issues as they relate to nursing through a cross-cultural healthcare immersion experience. First stop: Guatemala, this June.
“We want to be able to present unique learning and growth opportunities to our students beyond the traditional boundaries of classroom and clinical experiences in their own backyards,” said Ann Sedore, PhD, RN, PHE, director of Crouse Hospital’s College of Nursing. With the world population living longer and needing more care, the healthcare field is one of the best places to get a job, and will likely stay that way for many years to come. “Nurses today, and even more so in the coming years, will need to provide care within cultural contexts with which they may be unfamiliar. Our new course offering provides the chance for our students and faculty to learn together while delivering valuable medical services to an underserved population in Central America.”
The first country the college will visit through the course, titled Culture and Health Care: A Clinical Elective Abroad, will be Guatemala, from June 2 through 10. At the completion of the course, students will have a better understanding of how environmental, political, and socioeconomic issues affect the health of the Guatemalan community; how cultural norms, values, and beliefs shape the healthcare practices in that country; and how to collaborate with nurse/healthcare team members to enhance the role of nursing in the delivery of healthcare services, particularly with providers and patients of another culture.
Before departing, faculty and students will meet for a total of four hours and complete multiple online exercises in the month preceding the trip. Once in Guatemala, participants will partner with local Guatemalan healthcare members in a clinic setting to provide supervised community and primary health care with the local context and conditions.
Faculty members participating in the initiative are Pattie Amedro, MS, RN, BC; Peg Ryan, MS, RNC, Sally Manahan, MS, RN, ANP; Megan Atkinson, MS, RN; Carrie Kangah, MS, RN; and Ashley Zimmerman, BS, RN.
For more information about Crouse Hospital College of Nursing’s Global Health Initiative, call 315/470-7481. Donations for the Crouse Hospital College of Nursing Global Health Initiative can be made online through the Crouse Health Foundation or by calling 315/470-7702, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
RELATED FUNDRAISING ACTIVITY
To help defray the costs of the Crouse Hospital College of Nursing’s first healthcare education immersion excursion to Guatemala this June, the college is holding a fundraiser in April.
Saturday, April 21
7 to 9:30 p.m.
Around the World: A Night of Cultural Unity
Marley Education Center – Community Room
Music by Kambuyu Marimba (includes Crouse Hospital employee Peter Sinatra, NP)
International food; raffles and silent auction.
$10 in advance (call 470-7481); $15 at the door