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Nursing students head to Tanzania

2015-05-01, 10:28 AM

Experiential learning goes international as thirteen Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) students get ready to travel to Moshi, Tanzania for a three week volunteering trip. The students will be working at the Pamoja Tunaweza (Together We Can) Women’s Centre. The students, nine from Kingston, two from Brockville, and two from Northern College in Timmins, depart on May 6, 2015.

While in Tanzania, the students will be working at the clinic and at outreach clinics in villages surrounding the city of Moshi, located at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro. They will be doing health promotion and teaching, screening, and working with the local health care providers. Pamoja goes beyond health and supports  the local economy with sustainable effort  for women in business.

Students participating in this trip are enrolled in a cross cultural nursing elective, according to Donna Clarke-McMullen, professor in the BScN program at SLC, and accompanying the students on this trip.

“They will be gaining valuable nursing skills with a focus on cultural awareness and competency, population health, determinants of health and comparison of health systems from Canada and a developing country,” she said.

This is a new partnership with Pamoja Tunaweza which has a strong Kingston connection through two local physicians who are directors of the centre, Clarke-McMullen explained. “Both of the physicians also work in the Global Health department at Queen’s University. The centre is an NGO and is a solid global development project supported  by caravans coming from Ontario and around the globe.”

"Professionally and personally this trip will be an experience of a lifetime,” said Mackenzie Cook, a second year BScN student. “It will be both humbling and rewarding to support people living in a developing country who face many struggles and health challenges on a daily basis. I believe this opportunity will expand my cultural competency and allow me to grow as a nurse."

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