NHI/GE Teams 2013-2014

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2013-2014 TEAMS

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Nursing Heart’s then-initiative Guatemala Esperanza (now Asociación Corazón de Enfermería) supported the construction of two community clinics, a kitchen for a grade school, and provided over 3000 medical consults during the 2013-2014 year.

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Johns Hopkins University Hospital — October 2013

***A small but mighty group of Hopkins nurses worked with the community to build a clinic in Pacoj Tres Cruces. Muddy conditions and frequent rains did not deter them. The clinic was put to immediate use and is beautifully serving the community. The community also continued construction of a new road to the site while the group was building the clinic.***

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Harrisburg Area Community College — January 2014

***To begin 2014, Guatemala Esperanza welcomed a wonderful group of students and faculty from HACC. The student nurses provided wellness checks to grade school students. Margaret Gingrich coordinated the nursing program along with Dra. Gabby Hernandez of Hombres y Mujeres en Acción.***

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Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing — SEEK — January 2014

***Six students from JHU SON ventured to Guatemala and had the opportunity to experience six different NGOs at work. They helped Guatemala Esperanza initiate a program with Obras Sociales in Antigua. They served in the hospital’s post-surgical recovery room. They also did work with Hombres y Mujeres en Acción, Familias de Esperanza and Mayan Medical Aid.***

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Supporters of NHI — January 2014

***For the second year, a group made up of various members of Nursing Heart came from around the country and offered service in Guatemala. The group helped to build a clinic in Candelaria, which was completed in time for the community celebration of Candlemas on February 2. The group distributed candles to each community member during the dedication of the clinic. They also offered NHI’s first medical visit for students attending LaVoSi a school for the deaf in Jocotenango. The students were checked by the audiologist and an eye exam by the ophthalmologist.***

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Florida Atlantic University School of Nursing — February and March 2014

***FAU’s nurse leaders, Dr. Rhonda Goodman, Dr. Lynn Palma and educator Dr. Kathryn Keller brought 30 students over two weeks to offer clinical service in Los Magueyes, La Padrera, Tierra Colorada and Pacoj with Hombres y Mujeres en Acción. With Familias de Esperanza they participated in clinics in San Pedro las Huertas and Guardinia el Hato. With Dra. Paty Baiza they offered cervical cancer screenings as well. The two clinical groups saw over 1100 patients. ***

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Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing — March 2014

***Dr. Donald Dian, a pediatrician from Florida, returned to lead this dynamic group of nursing students through their service and learning project. It was a wonderful opportunity for them once again to bring healing. The group helped initiate the clinic in Santa Maria de Jesús, had a Spanish lesson, assisted in a clinic at Pacoj Tres Cruces, planted trees, and helped with the clinic coordinated by Dr. Craig Sinkinson in Tzununa at Lake Atitlán. Take a look at a blog entry of theirs: http://blogs.nursing.jhu.edu/experience-of-a-lifetime.***

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Northern Arizona University School of Nursing — March 2014

***Dr. Dorothy Dunn led a group of NP and BSN students who saw over 1000 patients in five days in Santa Maria de Jesús. They were assisted by Bob Rice, a volunteer of many years in Guatemala with Fe en Práctica, Drs. Andrea Francis, OB-GYN, Kim Gould and Jason Bradley from Arizona. Drs. Dunn and Gould had traveled to Guatemala the December prior to the clinic to help formulate the program with community leaders in Santa Maria de Jesús. They were ably assisted by Cristi Xar, the mayor’s representative from the Office of Women. This also initiated the ongoing diabetic and hypertension clinic sponsored by Nursing Heart Inc. Patients who were started on medications addressing these two chronic conditions are invited to return monthly for further checks and (if necessary) supplies.***

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