Since its founding in 1959, UIndy’s “Education for Service” motto has always been deeply embedded in the School of Nursing curriculum. In the early years, nursing students volunteered at local hospitals. Today, students not only find community engagement components in their coursework but also through a variety of volunteer opportunities all over the world.
Another common thread in this 60-year tradition of excellence is a dedication to creating a more prepared workforce by replacing abstract principles with more hands-on experiences. This is integral to the curriculum of the Nursing Academy, a unique academic partnership between Community Health Network and the University of Indianapolis that encourages more nontraditional students to earn a bachelor’s degree, addressing the nationwide shortage of nurses. This “specialty gap” was one of the primary drivers when Indiana Central College was making the case to start a nursing school in 1958. That alone is more than enough inspiration for the School of Nursing to continue the innovative curriculum that has been preparing nursing leaders for more than half a century.
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UIndy Nurses: Global Impact
By Normal Hall
Our students and faculty continued the School of Nursing’s proud tradition of mission work this past year with service trips to countries with populations in dire need of medical care and education. A Spring Term trip to Ghana incorporated healthcare components for the first time, allowing nursing students to accomplish important work and learn new skills. The group observed local clinics, practiced health promotion, and provided valuable instruction on first aid and CPR techniques. Another service trip to Ecuador gave students and faculty the opportunity to participate in clinics hosted in rural villages in the Andes, completing health assessments for 250 children and interacting with more than 700 people.
A major goal of our efforts is not only to visit areas that have a great need and help them for a limited period of time but to actually establish a means that ensures high-quality, sustained healthcare in these communities. We have started discussions with the Mary K. Center for Global Nursing Development to begin a teacher training program for nursing faculty in Africa. Doing so will increase teaching capacity and address the gap between didactic classroom instruction and experience in the clinical setting that ultimately affect a nurse’s ability to deliver optimal patient care around the world. Our program aims to make this possible through online education, teaching practicum experience, and in-country consultation with U.S. nursing school faculty.