Ten graduating nursing students from Edith Cowan University (ECU) went through a cross-cultural community immersion program in two of Arellano University's partner communities from October 18 until October 28.
The ECU students are: Chantelle Cray, Rachel Fleming, Deborah Honig, Laura Kenyon, Olive Nzoyihera, Naomi Porter, Patrick Prunster, Rachel Smith, Angeline Stibbs and Mary Williams.
The International Community Placement Program resulted from the expanding International
Nursing Partnership between AU and ECU. The objectives of the international clinical placements for undergraduate nursing students of ECU are to enable students to experience an alternative culture and health care system and demonstrate clinical competence as part of the undergraduate program assessment. Likewise, immersion will enable the students to combine both traditional and western medicine health practices linked with their nursing theory and practice, including health issues such as aboriginal health, infection control, and management and aseptic techniques.
The immersion program started with a 4-day stay in Bgy. Tartaro, San Miguel , Bulacan. In the barangay health center, they assisted the medical staff in the health assessment procedures including the checking of the vital signs of the patients. The ECU students helped in dispensing of medicines they themselves donated. In the public school clinic they assisted the medical staff and conducted health teaching sessions on proper hygiene to the elementary school students and gave grooming kits to them. During home visitations, they did an interview per family and performed health assessment of the people in the community. People found to be in need of medical attention were referred to the municipal health center where the municipal health officer and AU medical staff were stationed.
In Pangil, Laguna where they stayed for five days , the students provided nursing services such as Vitamin A administration, feeding program , immunization of infants (BCG,DPT and Polio) and pregnant women, TB DOTS and TB counselling , health teaching sessions on topics like nutrition, family planning and maternal and child health.
The students were supervised by ECU's clinical skills facilitator, Jacqui Sawle while Dr. Emerita Mendoza, Director of AU's International Nursing Program, and Prof. Bernardine Navalta, Community Coordinator of AU's College of Nursing acted as the head organizers and coordinators of the program, ensuring a smooth flow of activities. The Australian students were also assisted by the International and Local Nursing Programs professors of AU, International Programs Division staff and second year and third year international nursing students of AU.
With Mayor of Pangil, Laguna. ECU students pose for a photo-op with Mayor Juanita Manzana of Pangil, Laguna. Joining them are Prof. Jacqui Sawle (back row, 3rd from right) the clinical skills facilitator of ECU, Prof. Bernardine Navalta, community coordinator of AU College of Nursing (front row, extreme right), Dr. Emie Mendoza, the INP director of AU (2nd row, extreme right), Dr. Joaquin Venus, INP professor (2nd row, 2nd from the right) and INP students.
Up close and personal. Left photo shows the Australian nursing students on their face-to-face encounter with the residents of Bgy. Tartaro, San Miguel, Bulacan during their home visitation. At right, the students assisting the doctors doing immunization and vitamin administration in the health
Farewell, but not good-bye. ECU students and their clinical skills facilitator show their pleased smiles during the farewell dinner given to them by AU. VP Mario Sales of the International Programs Division of AU and Chairman Francisco Cayco (center, front row) graced the occasion
In San Miguel, Bulacan. ECU students enjoying the warm welcome of Mayor Roderick Tiongson (backrow, 4th from left) of San Miguel Bulacan. Joining them are the INP students and nursing administrators of AU as well as Gloria Manapul, (front row, 2nd from left) one of the officers of the well-respected women's organization of San Miguel.