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July 30, 2014

Not Your Typical Spring Break in Mexico

One of the clinical visits Professor Denise Kavanaugh and her students made was to a small rural village in Tenango del Valle.

As the clinical component of the Nursing Public Health course, students traveled to Mexico City this spring to learn the differences in health care in another country. While there, they lived with host families and toured the city, as well as museums and some historical landmarks. They also got “hands on” to demonstrate their skills during their trip while visiting an HIV/AIDS clinic, a nursing home, and two hospitals.

In her second year of running this travel-study course, Denise Kavanagh, MSN, R.N., assistant professor in the Nursing Program, sees the benefit of nursing students observing their future profession in another country.

“With changes in health care, many people only see what is around them and not a global perspective,” she says. “Witnessing health care in a different country gives a better picture of what else is out there related to health care. We get to experience another culture firsthand, even for a short time.”

Kavanagh has been impressed with the compassion her students have shown the last two years while visiting the clinical settings in Mexico City. “I cannot say enough of the professionalism, caring, kindness, and enthusiasm that the groups possessed,” she says. “They truly exhibited the Lasallian nurse.”

Mexico City Pyramid

The class also had the opportunity to do some sightseeing and climb the legendary Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan.

—Amanda Koehler, ’07