Outreach in Honduras

In June, through the Office of Nursing Research at Goldfarb School of Nursing, students and faculty members visited Honduras for two weeks.  The weeks were full of peer-to-peer teaching, working at a medical brigade and a little sightseeing.

Dr. Donna Taliaferro, Paul McKee, Jr. associate dean for research and professor, recounts some of the highlights from the trip.

The first week we were at the College in Santa Barbara in Honduras and the students delivered the HIV modules in Spanish…they were amazing! The modules given were based on a research study we held when visiting Cameroon last year. These modules will also be given on our visit to Swaziland this next year. 

The second week we were at the medical brigade up in the mountains in Atima. The students and faculty handled triage all week. Our students meant every patient that came through the gates – all in Spanish! The students took turns going out on outreach trips into the rural areas, to the special school and working in the OB clinic. All of our students handled each and every patient with respect and sought advice when needed.

We even got to witness one of our students save a teenager’s life. During a visit at the special school, a teen was stung by a bee. While the teen really only had swelling of the hand, our student decided that the teen needed to come back to our ER just to be checked out. Even though the teen had no difficulty in breathing, and only the swelling, our student thought better – and he was right. The teen ended up going into anaphylactic shock and would have died if not in our ER at the time where we could treat him immediately.

All of our students did amazing work…I couldn’t have been prouder.”

Learn more about Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College Office of Nursing Research by visiting www.barnesjewishcollege.edu/research.

To see photos from the Honduras visit, click here.

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