GW Nursing objectives (may vary from by trip):
- Conduct home visits with community health workers and work collaboratively to support current programs aimed at promoting health and reducing disease in Quito and surrounding areas.
- Provide screening for adults and children – screening and surveillance may include hypertension, anemia, malnutrition, diabetes among others.
- Provide education aimed at the preventing or reducing acute and chronic health problems, including communicable and non-communicable disease.
- Hypertension screening for all adults ages 18+, obese individuals, pregnant women, and persons with a known diagnosis of diabetes or hypertension.
- Prepare and provide health education in schools and community clinics as assigned.
- Work collaboratively with health providers in providing basic health services in clinics, home visits, health education and screening.
- Gather data on the demographics and health and medical conditions in the population served to identify health needs of the population in order to develop appropriate education interventions for future trips
GW Nursing Proposed Activities for Achieving Goals and Objectives:
A GW Nursing team leader with substantive experience in short-term nursing trips in resource poor countries will guide and support students during the trip. GW Nursing faculty will bring a wide range of experience, expertise, skills, and knowledge to the inter-professional team.
Nursing students will work primarily in community health and health education areas. A GW Nursing team 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 education materials prior to trip under the guidance of the NURS 4117 Community Health Nursing Course Coordinator and Clinical Faculty member to meet course requirements.
All students are expected to attend pre-trip meetings to begin team building, understand role expectations and prepare for the trip. Meetings may held at the Foggy Bottom campus in Washington D.C. or the Virginia Science & Technlogy Campus in Ashburn. Students may be required to meet with NURS 4117 Course Coordinator and/or to review clinical objectives and course outcomes. To help students get the most out of your experience, faculty will require reading assignments, presentations and other materials.