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Costa Rica and Nicaragua Spring Break Trip

Published on Oct 13, 2015.
Nine undergraduate nursing students, along with Professors Jane Weis, Bonnie Zaroban, David Blowers and Dr. Ron Galloway, visited Costa Rica and Nicaragua over Spring Break, March 17th through 31st. This trip fulfilled a Tier 1 cultural experience for students and helped them gain insight into health problems and healthcare as well as the unique culture in these two Central American countries.

Students were able to visit Granada, Masaya, San Juan del Sur and the Island of Ometepe in Nicaragua. In Costa Rica the travel group visited San Jose, Liberia, the volcanoes Arenal and Poas, as well as Puerto Viheo and the nearby Bribri Indian Reservation. Students visited both the Pacific side of Costa Rica as well as the Caribbean side of the country. In San Jose students visited a Joint Commission accredited hospital, Clinica Biblica and toured the facility with one of the nurse administrators. They also visited an orphanage and spent a morning interacting with the children.

A highlight of the trip was being able to provide a health clinic for the residents of the transitional living area of Carpio near San Jose. Students were able to provide free dental care education, vision screening and reading glasses, blood pressure screening, blood sugar screening, oral vitamins and anti-helminthic medication to 150 individuals attending the clinic. Students were able to practice their Spanish skills and work with interpreters in order to learn more about the lives and issues of living in a poor and medically underserved community.

About the Department

The Department of Nursing at Northwest Nazarene University provides undergraduate, degree completion and graduate programs related to the professional field of nursing. We are nationally accredited and offer programs that can meet the needs of students in a wide variety of settings.