Spring 2014 Magazine - Immaculata University - page 34

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I MMA C U L ATA MA G A Z I N E * S P R I N G 2 0 1 4
In May 2013, the pilot service and learning mission trip to
Peru by Immaculata University Division of Nursing (DON)
students was launched. The purpose of the trip was to make
an initial assessment of the health care and health promotion
needs of vulnerable people in a medically underserved area.
The assessments, and additional service, were performed by
Molly Byrne ’14, Beatriz Cordova-Pedroza ’14, and Paige
Hoff ’14, who were all junior-level nursing students at the
time of the trip. The nursing students were accompanied by
Sister Cathy Nally, IHM, who served as a translator for the
trip, and Sister Paula Jameson, IHM, who is an IU DON
faculty member.
The service, learning, and mission group lived in one of
the missions of the IHM Sisters. The mission is Convento
Santa Rosa and the school of 1500 children is Fe y Alegria
#37 in Montenegro, Peru. The pioneering nursing students
set up their own clinic in a spare school room and measured
the pulse, respirations, height, weight, and head and neck
circumferences of as many children as they were able to assess
during their service. Dental assessments were also performed.
The IHM Sisters who live and work in Montenegro also asked
the nursing students to teach the Fe y Alegria school faculty
how to perform the health assessments, in order that the work
begun would continue until the IU DON return trip.
In addition to health promotion and assessment service,
the group worked in any capacity that they were asked. In
leaving Montenegro, the common Spanish farewell
hasta
la vista
captured the feelings of the Immaculata travelers...
“Until the next time.”
SERVICE AND LEARNING MISSION:
Montenegro Style
According to senior nursing student
Paige Hoff, “we were able to determine the
setup and layout for future nursing service
trips. I learned a variety of different lessons
—from nursing assessment skills to the
experience of visiting a different country
and learning a new, beautiful culture. This
experience allowed us to understand what
type and quality of care the children at the
school were receiving, and what options for
medical care the children have when they
are sick and/or injured.”
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