Students Experience Nursing in the Philippines

Truman nursing students who traveled to the Philippines last summer will present a program, “Transcultural Experience in the Philippines to the communities of Kirksville and Truman State University” at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room.

Ten nursing students from Truman traveled to the Philippines from May 29–June 20. The students prepared for the trip through classes last spring about cultural immersion and communicable diseases. During a week-long stay in Metro Manila, the students participated in maternal and nursery care at the non-profit government facility, José Reyes Memorial Medical Center. At the center, students worked with mothers and infants who generally could not 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 where the students enrolled in a transcultural nursing program at West Visayas State University.


Nursing students and faculty stop for a picture under a sign welcoming them. Pictured, back row, left to right, are Kit Hadwiger, Ashley Swain, Jess Evelsizer, Kelsey Mason, Emily Reinart, Karen Wollberg and Lizzie Brink. Front row, left to right, are Jennifer Jackson, Ashley Sternquist, Alyssa Lewellen and Emily Schroeder.

Clinical experiences during this program included home visits, a pediatric unit, the social hygiene clinic, a leprosarium and Asilo de Molo (a nursing home in the Philippines). Nursing students from West Visayas State University facilitated communication and cultural accommodation for the Truman nursing students during clinical experiences.

The public is welcome to attend the presentation, and refreshments will be served.

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