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.”
Katie Duke, a 2004 graduate of Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, will make her primetime television debut on ABC’s News Medical Documentary “NY Med” on July 10th, 2012.
Duke is a nurse in the emergency department at New York Presbyterian Hospital, the busiest emergency room in New York City, and she has seen it all. Now everyone can see the insane day-to-day life of an ER nurse through Duke’s eyes.
Living by the mottos “deal with it”, and “everything worthwhile takes sacrifice”, Duke does not see the chaos or challenges in her job as hindrances, but as opportunities. The opportunities to change lives and to help fix people, or at least teach people how to fix themselves, are just a few reasons why Duke loves being a nurse. Another reason is that she knows patients get to go home with their loved ones at the end of the day because she is an “awesome nurse”.
The confidence Duke has in her nursing abilities comes from her time spent at Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College. She feels that Goldfarb gave her realistic clinic experience and taught her the fundamental skills that she uses every day.
“The instructors always expected the best,” says Duke. “The college has a big mission and the professors have big hearts. I learned a lot about nursing and about myself while in school. I stopped underestimating what I could do in my life and started dreaming.”
Now Duke’s dreams are becoming reality. Not only is she attending Columbia University for a Masters degree as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, but she is a part of a documentary that will show viewers the real side of nursing. Duke is excited that viewers will get to see what it really takes to be a nurse. The knowledge, bravery, grit and emotions are all there – the good and the bad – but it’s real and Duke can’t wait to share it all with America.
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