Costa Rica Experience

Costa Rica

Partnering with Universidad HispanoaAmericana

GW Nursing partners with Universidad HispanoaAmericana for this global experience. The priority goal for both universities is to provide a wide spectrum of opportunities and learning activities which will mutually benefit students and faculty from both institutions of higher education.

Working Conditions

A GW Nursing team leader with substantive experience in short-term nursing trips in resource-poor countries will guide and support GW Nursing students during the trip. The faculty member will bring a wide range of experience, expertise, skills, and knowledge to the inter-professional team.  

Students will participate primarily in community and public health areas and in health education and health promotion activities. Students will develop and present health education materials translated into Spanish and/or participate in current health education projects already established by our host country partner. Accelerated BSN students will research and prepare educational materials prior to trip under the guidance of the NURS 4117 Community Health Nursing Course Coordinator and Clinical Faculty member to meet course requirements

Trip-specific objectives

  • Collaborate with Universidad HispanoaAmericana faculty, staff, students, clinical, community workers, administrative support personnel and others involved with the trip.   
  • To provide opportunities for students to analyze specific health issues such as social determinants of health, health disparities, disease burden, measurement and trends.
  • To deliver basic nursing care in collaboration with health care providers, including community health care workers to selected populations in the community and /or clinical setting. 
  • To analyze specific health issues such as social determinants of health, health disparities, disease burden, measurement and trends in Costa Rica.
  • To compare and contrast Costa Rica and US health care systems, organization and function in addressing health challenges.
  • To develop inter-professional, evidence-based interventions to address health challenges in selected populations in Costa Rica.
  • To promote health and reduce disease through strategic health education initiatives focused on building healthier communities.  

 

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