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Six Denver School of Nursing Students Provide Clinical Care to 50 Haitian Orphans

Six Denver
School of Nursing (DSN) students and two faculty members completed the nursing
college’s fifth global health internship in Jacmel, Haiti, where, in
collaboration with the nonprofit Love Takes Root, they provided education and
clinical care for the children of La Concorde orphanage, said Dr. Marcia
Bankirer, president of DSN (www.denverschoolofnursing.edu).

DSN students Christina
Chestnut, Clara Hite, Amber Koziol, Ashle’ Morales, Sarah Porter and Brittany
Roggow, mentored by Barb Wilkerson, DSN adjunct faculty member and Pediatric
Nurse Practitioner, and Micah Hughes, DSN assistant professor and Director of
DSN’s Global Health Perspectives (GHP) program, conducted 8 days of education
and clinical outreach to both members of the orphanage and the surrounding
community of Jacmel.

"Traveling
to Haiti has opened my eyes to the great need for international medical care.
This internship has inspired me to use my nursing skills abroad. Barb Wilkerson
truly showed us how to actively give cultural competent care and display
compassion and love for people in need," said DSN student Roggow.

Founded by DSN adjunct
faculty member Barbara Wilkerson, RN and Dr. Rick Wilkerson, an orthopedic
surgeon, Love Takes Root (www.lovetakesroot.org)
has been partnering with Haitian healthcare teams since 2010. While working at
a hospital in the aftermath of Haiti’s most devastating earthquake, Dr. Wilkerson
saw an adjacent shelter that was filled with children. He visited and spoke
with "Mamma,” a 70-year-old grandmother who was feeding, housing and
caring for over 50 orphaned children in a debris-covered make-shift tent with
little food, clothing or medical treatment available. Dr. Wilkerson's
experience ignited a group of people back in Iowa to organize and plan out
a way to help this orphanage, thus giving birth to the nonprofit Love Takes
Root four years ago and the La Concorde orphanage in Jacmel today.

“This clinical
rotation was a very successful experience; the accomplishments were numerous
and provided outstanding learning opportunities. The nursing students examined
all 52 children at La Concorde orphanage and they treated several new
orphans who suffered from scabies, parasitic infections and ringworm. Students
did site visits at all of the regional clinics and hospitals of Jacmel and
completed a community needs assessment of the available health care that was
initiated by the previous DSN internship in September 2013. Students collaborated
with the first graduating class of nursing students from Notre Dame University
of Jacmel and interviewed a nursing student for a potential scholarship. They attended
and assisted in two days of orthopedic surgery at Saint Michele Public Hospital
in Jacmel. They also participated in many different cultural experiences from
going to the traditional market to attending a women's bible study. The
students left their hearts in Haiti with the children they connected with and
the love they shared. It was a blessing to be a part of the experience,” Wilkerson
said.

About Denver School of Nursing (DSN)

Denver School of Nursing, 1401
19th St., Denver, is a private, post-secondary college that provides
educational programs and training for nursing professionals. The college
specializes in offering rigorous curriculum and clinical site-based academic
programs toward associate and bachelor degrees in nursing. DSN is accredited by
the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (www.ncahlc.org) (800-621-7440); the
Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC); and its
associate and baccalaureate programs are accredited by the Accreditation
Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850,
Atlanta, GA 30326 (404-975-5000). The college is granted full approval for its
associate and bachelors nursing programs by the Colorado State Board of
Nursing. For more information, call 303-292-0015 or visit www.denverschoolofnursing.edu.