Faculty have identified community and global engagement as critical to the education of nursing professionals. To that end, 12 students, 3 faculty and two community volunteers traveled to Quito Ecuador in May of 2016 for a study abroad experience. This life altering experience exposed students to 3rd world poverty where residents have difficulty meeting basic needs and suffer from malnutrition, water pollution and smoke inhalation.
Nursing students taught health promotion and disease prevention strategies, worked with patients who are elderly and have disabilities, administered to the medical needs of women, children and men, and learned about living in an unfamiliar culture. Over 800 people were treated during this two week experience. Plans are currently underway for another study abroad in May of 2017.