Nursing Group Embarks on Volunteer Trip to Guatemala

Contributed by Anthony Pennington MBA, MSN, RN, Assistant Dean/Assistant Professor

L to R: Emily Senesac, Aisha Reece, Arianna Freitas, Sarah Cino, Jenny Choy, Kayla Bertolet, Vanessa Jean-Mary, Melissa Nino, Jasmine Sanchez, Katie Keppen.

L to R: Emily Senesac, Aisha Reece, Arianna Freitas, Sarah Cino, Jenny Choy, Kayla Bertolet, Vanessa Jean-Mary, Melissa Nino, Jasmine Sanchez, Katie Keppen.

Ten Remington College School of Nursing (RCON) students from Cohort 10 have begun a medical campaign trip from RCON’s Lake Mary, Florida, campus to Antigua, Guatemala, the week after graduating in July 2014. Our graduates are working with International Volunteer HQ.  International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) provides safe, responsible, and affordable volunteer programs in countries around the world. IVHQ has placed more than 35,000 volunteers in communities since 2007.  For more information, visit their website at http://www.ivhq.org.

RCON Students’ Mission
Our students’ mission is to provide aid and assistance to their host communities and institutions in Guatemala. During their seven-day trip, their goal is to improve and heighten awareness of medical education through sharing their skills and expertise in the area of nursing. Their experiences in Guatemala will provide a better understanding of global healthcare, allowing them to provide better medical care in our own communities. 

Destination of RCON volunteer group (Map data ©2014 Google, INEGI)

Destination of RCON volunteer group (Map data ©2014 Google, INEGI)

Care Provided by Our RCON Students
The rural areas of Guatemala contrast sharply with Guatemala’s large cities, especially with respect to medical care. Our students will get hands-on experience working with local doctors and nurses in small clinics for the poor, providing checkups and basic medical care in poor communities and at orphanages. 

As recent nursing graduates, our student group will assist doctors in taking medical histories, giving physicals, administering vaccinations, drawing blood samples, and providing basic assistance with physiotherapy. Some of the tasks they will perform in the local clinics and hospitals include:

  • Recording patients’ weight and height
  • Taking blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature readings
  • Talking with patients
  • Making beds and cleaning
  • Preparing materials and sterilizing equipment
  • Cleaning wounds
  • Administering injections and sutures
  • Working in consultation rooms and specialized departments

RCON’s Assistant Dean/Assistant Professor Tony Pennington noted, “We are excited and proud that our students are recognizing the importance of giving back to those in need.  By embracing the true spirit of nursing, these students will impact the lives of those in desperate need of healthcare services.”

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