|April 21, 2000||Volume 7, Number 15|
Nursing students tell of value of India practicum
Seven fourth-year nursing students brought a passionate and powerful message to a class of third-year colleagues April 7, when they gave a slide-show and talk about their moving Jan. 27-March 20 practicum in southern India.
The seven, along with faculty facilitator Joanne Gartner, travelled to Omayal Achi College of Nursing in Chennai, India, and worked in a health centre and hospital.
They told their fellow students they were struck by the contrasts of poverty and wealth, and beauty and filth in India but they said the experience was invaluable for their nursing careers and their lives.
"This international experience was the best experience of my life, and I would totally recommend it to anybody," Meagan Hiebert said.
She said it gave her a new perspective, and "Now I can cope with anything."
Gartner, the clinical placement co-ordinator in the College of Nursing, said in January 1998 and 1999 she took nursing students to Niger, Africa but this year opted for India.
Student Jackie Springer said of the nurses in India, "we were amazed at their knowledge. We learned so much about multicultural nursing."
Gartner says such international practicums "are seen as invaluable opportunities for professional growth."
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