Undergraduate and graduate nursing students travel to Jamaica to provide free medical and surgical care to the impoverished communities in Kingston and St. Elizabeth’s counties. Teams travel annually in the fall semester.
Students participate in and experience:
- Interdisciplinary teams of nursing faculty, physicians, surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants that care for over 900 adult and pediatric patients that cross the lifespan.
- Providing free medication to each patient.
- Performing free major surgeries in a local Kingston hospital.
- Working in make-shift clinics, educating communities on disease prevention and providing in-home care.
- Cultural immersion.
Students learn the importance of being flexible, resourceful and culturally sensitive.
- Students enjoy a relaxing day at an all-inclusive resort at the end of the week.
“Going to Jamaica was life-changing, an experience I will never forget. Not only did it show me how to work collaboratively in a team of health care providers, but it showed me how to be diligent and focused, and most importantly, it showed me the impact nurses can make on the world.” -Senior Nursing Student