Cheryl Sheils, Ed.D., R.N., and Michael Duffy, OFM, D.N.P., A.P.R.N.-B.C., accompanied nine students in the Accelerated Second Degree in Nursing Program on a two-week trip to Jamaica to volunteer with Passionist Volunteers International.
The group visited clinics, schools, homes, and infirmaries as they completed their Population Health Nursing and community clinical rotation requirements while serving some of the poorest regions of the Caribbean country. Each student had an immersion experience where they accompanied a Passionist volunteer into their assigned ministry area.
The group hosted a community clinic each week. The first was in Albion Gulley, located deep into the bush of central Jamaica. Br. Michael, Dr. Sheils, and the students saw 45 people in four hours and assessed blood sugars and blood pressures, treated minor illnesses, and offered health education. Two students even volunteered to go deeper into the bush on a home visit for a 94 year-old man.
"The Passionist volunteer who coordinated the effort had hoped for 20 people to show, so 45 is more than we could have hoped for, and the nursing students did a great job," said Br. Michael.
The Diocese of Mandeville covered the Elms students in their January newsletter.