Nursing Students Present Program on Their Experience in the Philippines Oct. 23

Ten nursing students from Truman traveled to the Philippines this past summer under the supervision of Mariquit “Kit” Hadwiger, assistant professor of nursing, and Melissa Holcomb, assistant professor of nursing.

The students will be presenting a program, “Transcultural Experience in the Philippines,” at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in Barnett Hall 2217. The public is welcome to attend and refreshments will be served.

Bethany Allemang, Jessica Austin, Caitlin Cummings, Julie Finazzo, Emily Greenwood, Michelle Hernandez, Lauren Hohnstein, Amanda Martin, Jennifer Oliver and Emily Tobias prepared for this trip through classes about cultural orientation last spring.

During a weeklong stay in metro Manila, these students participated in maternal and nursery care at the nonprofit government facility, Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center. Students were exposed to working with mothers and infants who generally cannot afford health care. They developed competencies in the assessment of birthing mothers and newborns and in cross-cultural communication.

From Manila, they traveled south to the central province of Iloilo City. Clinical experiences in the province included home visits, a pediatric unit, the social hygiene clinic, a leprosarium and an outpatient clinic for women and children. Cultural experiences involved interviews with patients in each of these settings as well as social interactions with nursing students from West Visayas State University.

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