Nursing Practicum Continues to Make a Difference

Group of Nine Students Currently in Guatemala


Nine Selkirk College Nursing Program students have arrived in Guatemala to promote health, develop skills and continue a partnership that has touched many lives for almost a decade.

The Selkirk College-Guatemala International Nursing Experience practicum has been sending students to the Central American country since 2005. Over those years students have done their part to foster global understanding and made a difference in a nation that’s one of the poorest in the region.

Nurses to Guatemala

Nursing students during their final preparation for the trip to Guatemala last week. The donations from the community include 42 quilts which were made by women in the Doukhobor Cultural Interpretive Society and will be given to families in the Central American country. The Doukhobor community also made a generous financial donation to the trip and provided the students a pre-trip blessing.

“Originally I thought it would be a really good personal experience and professional experience, seeing how nursing can be transferrable to other countries,” nursing student Melissa Mazereeuw said last week as the group made its final preparations for the trip. “As I began to learn and grow in my own nursing knowledge, I discovered that there are a lot of reciprocal things happening between the north and south. I’m hoping I can go down and bring down some knowledge back to my community.”

The nine third-year students and Nursing Program Instructor Mary-Ann Morris left for Guatemala on Tuesday and will be working with communities until May 24. They are joined by Nelson resident Michael Chapman who has acted at the facilitator of the practicum since it began.

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