During spring break in March 2018, a group of 14 students and faculty from the Connell School of Nursing traveled to one of the poorest communities in Nicaragua to provide primary care and health education to its residents and to learn more about that country's health care, social, and political systems.
The Connell School team worked at the Nueva Vida Clinic in Ciudad Sandino, where the community endures extreme poverty, lack of basic resources, poor sanitation, and insufficient access to health care—conditions that contribute to many health issues, especially among children. The community depends on the clinic’s staff, as well as on residents who serve as part-time health promoters, for care.
As the BC nurses visited the homes of residents and supported the work of Nueva Vida, they witnessed the resilience and strength of the people of this community. Videographers from BC’s Office of University Communications documented their experiences.
“... contrasting my experience as a nurse to other nurses and the differences in the health care systems”
Family Nurse Practitioner Program
“It’s important to meet people where they’re at and try to leave behind your own expectations…”
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program
“Kids have such a great lens of looking at the world…”
Sherri St. Pierre, MS, APRN, PPCNP-BC
Clinical Assistant Professor
“... sit as a group, process that and talk about it and support each other…”