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Students travel to El Salvador


Earlier this month, Dean Linda Young and Dr. Jill Fernandes led eight senior nursing students from NSG 422 to El Salvador as a pilot immersion experience. Below, Karlie Hinton reflects on the trip:

The El Salvador immersion clinical was a life-changing and unbelievable experience I feel so blessed to have been a part of the project. We were able to integrate ourselves into the lively and traditional culture that the country is still able to preserve. The trip consisted of building lifelong relationships with Mama Trinidad and the children at the orphanage, Casa Concorida. We also climbed the mountainous landscapes, visited local schools to teach children the importance of hand washing and oral care, attended church in the middle of the countryside while also meeting with a group of healthcare volunteers to perform an assessment on what healthcare needs are prevalent in their community, provided hand and foot massages to patients in the only palliative care hospital in all of Central America, served a meal and bonded with homeless people at Casa Esperanza, and visited museums and a university to learn about the history of the twelve year civil war which ended only in 1992. We were also lucky to have been there on International Day of the Women, where Casa Concorida served and hosted 600 people for an event that even brought the First Lady of El Salvador and Secretary of Health, both women who inspire El Salvadorian women to pursue their dreams. This experience was more than I could have ever asked for and I am truly happy I was able to learn and be part of such a beautiful culture with genuine people.
Other participants include: Abby Beinlich, Maria Ernster, Grace Hankins, Phoebe Herman, Katie Larges, Patrick Marsh and Hannah Rademacher. ?


UWEC nursing students spelling it out.

Students with school children

Students and leaders with local school children.