The Edith Cowan University (ECU), Arellano University's partner school in Perth, Western Australia sent ten graduating nursing students to Arellano University for its Community Clinical Placement Program (CCPP) . This is the second batch of ECU nursing students to come to the Philippines for the said program.
The students, accompanied by Professor Carol Crevacore , ECU's undergraduate nursing lecturer, visited three affiliate hospitals and two partner municipalities of Arellano University, namely, the National Center for Mental Health, Quirino Memorial Hospital , the Medical City and the municipalities of Pangil, Laguna and San Miguel, Bulacan .
The CCPP is a requirement of the undergraduate Nursing program of ECU. It aims to enable students to apply and develop their community nursing skills in an alternative environment with a distinct culture. The students are encouraged to observe and collaborate with local health workers for a holistic approach in the management of patients.
The design and the implementation of the program was spearheaded by the International Nursing Program Office of Arellano University. The ECU contingent was assisted and guided throughout the program by administrators, faculty members and students of AU's Nursing departments.
The students spent four days in Pangil, Laguna and visited three of its barangays . They engaged in healthcare activities such as feeding of preschoolers, de-worming , health assessments and health teachings. The health teachings were about proper hand washing, dental care, the use of herbal plants like malunggay (moringga), pre-natal care and malnutrition monitoring. The students did house-to-house visits and had the chance to observe and participate in certain activities in a maternity clinic.
In San Miguel, Bulacan the activities focused on Barangay Tartaro, where the students stayed for five days. They conducted health assessments and dispensed drugs in the health center and in their house-to-house visits. They also distributed grooming kits to pre-school and elementary students and complemented this with lectures on proper hygiene practices. The students also handed out donations of clothes, toys and a carabao to augment the agriculture program in the area.
There are about three thousand individuals in the two municipalities who benefitted from the program., around 1,500 of whom are children. -Angelo Herrera
With partner hospital and community workers: Left picture shows the ECU students at the National Center for Mental Health with Chief Nurse Lucila Espinosa (center) and NCMH training heads. Right picture shows the students at the health center in Pangil, Laguna. With them are ECU Prof. Carol Crevacore, AU Nursing Community Coordinator Bernadine Navalta, AU-INP Director Dr. Emerita C. Mendoza and the staff of the health center.
Enjoying the work: From left, students conducting a health teaching session to elementary students of Brgy. Tartaro; the students preparing the grooming kits that they distributed ot the kids of the community and ECU stuident Monica Roberts with the community nurse of Brgy. Tartaro in the health center witht the donated drugs of ECU at the background.