The clinical course provides an opportunity for the development of leadership, management and cultural competency skills in the country of Haiti. Students will grow in their personal philosophy of professional nursing through reflective journaling and the performance of an evidence-based quality assurance project. Students are challenged to navigate language, culture, religious, and ethical issues in real life scenarios. The diverse settings that students experience in Haiti will include hospitals, mobile clinics, home visits, and primary schools. They will work with Haitian nursing students to provide care to vulnerable populations.
3 credits in NURS 482 Professional Nursing Clinical Capstone: Health in Haiti
Senior nursing students in their final semester of classes. Acceptance into the Haiti 2019 study abroad program.
French language is not required, but would be useful.
2 weeks in March or April 2019
Léogâne and Jacmel, Haiti
*Based on a realistic estimate of participants. Fees may change based on final enrollment and/or exchange rate fluctuation.
Costs includes international airfare, accommodations, in-country transportation, cultural activities, international health insurance, and most meals.
Cost does not include passport fees, vaccination fees, personal spending money, some meals or trip/travel insurance.
**Financial aid may be able to be applied. Please contact the Study Abroad Office to learn more about how the program costs are applied.
Shared rooms at guesthouse on the Episcopal University of Haiti compound in Léogâne
Things to expect:
Haiti is a beautiful country with people that are even more beautiful, both inside and out. It is also a country that has seen a great deal of devastation. Students will be work alongside the nursing staff and nursing students at one of Léogâne's private hospitals, as well as working in mobile clinics, conducting home visits and working with area school children. This program will be sure to test one's own views of the world in which we live in, as well as grapple with the level of extreme poverty most Haitians live in. Students will be expected to conduct pre-program service work, as outlined in their course syllabus, in order to help get acquainted with the type of conditions they can expect in Haiti.
There will be multiple long days of activities and clinical work in the heat, most times without AC or fans. There will be bugs, mud, dust and dirt, as well as unfamiliar foods and cold showers.
Students should not expect to be connected to the outside world via technology while in Haiti.
Students can expect to return home with a new perspective on the world, a love for Haitian culture and it's people, as well as a sense of purpose to do more with what we are already blessed with.
Students partaking in this program will complete an extended liability waiver form.
Students partaking in the program may be asked to provide proof of required vaccines in order to enter into Haiti.