My Mission Trip to Jamaica

Student: Daphney Anicette*
Mentor: Susan Goncalves
Major: Nursing

Between the dates of October 18-25 in 2014, physicians, surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants joined members of Sacred Heart University’s nursing department on a mission trip to Kingston, Jamaica. Communities within Kingston eagerly awaited the team’s arrival because these annual trips are the only opportunity they have to receive health care. The significance of the care provided on these mission trips is incomparable to that of any care provided in the United States. The medical team was expected to provide culturally sensitive medical care to a variety of patient populations. A short film compiled of video clips and photographs documented the experience through the eyes of an undergraduate nursing student. The film provides an insight on the flexibility of health care. The medical team was in a setting that required a creative, fast, and organized approach to providing safe care. During this trip, I realized my weaknesses along with my strengths that allowed me to contribute effectively in a completely different environment. The experience has assured me that I made the correct decision in wanting to become a nurse. Participating in this mission trip has provided me with a new perspective that I will uphold throughout my career.

*Honors Senior