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Chamberlain College of Nursing Students Travel to Brazil on Service Project
Chamberlain nursing students broaden clinical experience while providing care to underserved Brazilian residents
ADDISON, Ill. – July 18, 2011 – In an effort to expand nursing education and clinical experiences, Chamberlain College of Nursing recently introduced its International Nursing Service Project to Chicago area nursing students. The project enabled baccalaureate degree nursing students from Chamberlain's Addison campus to provide healthcare services and education to Brazilians in local impoverished communities that otherwise do not have access to care.
Gigi Melendez, MSN, RNC-OB, BSN, assistant professor at Chamberlain College of Nursing's Addison campus, and four nursing students recently returned home from a 15-day trip to Brazil, where they
provided aid for residents in the urban areas of Fortaleza and Caucaia and the remote village of Madalena. Chamberlain students and faculty also spent time collaborating with nursing students from DeVry Brasil to share best practices as both are DeVry Inc. institutions.
"These trips provide complete immersion into a different clinical environment from a cultural, physical,
emotional and mental perspective," said Melendez. "With each international trip, our students gain a
deeper understanding of cultural differences, which will assist them in providing safe and quality care
throughout their nursing careers."
At the clinics, the Chamberlain team devoted much of their time to taking patients' vital signs and
treating wounds and open sores. To develop sustainable healthcare practices, the team also
emphasized basic hygiene practice and infection prevention.
At a clinic in Madalena where the team focused on preventative care, Colleen Groveau, a McHenry
resident and Chamberlain student, cared for a 91-year-old woman who became blind as a result of
untreated cataracts. The illness is generally treatable with surgery, but the condition had claimed the
woman's eyesight because she did not have the proper resources to seek medical care.
"While I was checking the woman's blood pressure, she held my hand and began speaking in
Portuguese," said Groveau. "The translator explained the woman felt so special that I visited her and
traveled from far away to provide care. It was a life changing experience for me to see how appreciative
she was of our healthcare attention."
Building on more than 120 years of excellence in nursing education, Chamberlain College of Nursing is
committed to providing the educational foundation and extensive and diversified clinical opportunities
that graduates need to become competent, innovative and empowered nursing professionals. The
International Nursing Service Project is a part of Chamberlain's expanding experiential learning
program, in which students can expand their education through a full spectrum of social, cause-related
and field experiences, while earning course credit. In order to participate in a service project,
Chamberlain students must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average, have completed 300-level
medical-surgery courses and submit an application and a letter of recommendation from a clinical faculty
member. Chamberlain also offers similar nursing service projects in Bolivia, Kenya and Uganda.
For more information on Chamberlain College of Nursing's International Nursing Service Project, visit
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member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, ncahlc.org. HLC is one of the six
regional agencies that accredit U.S. colleges and universities at the institutional level. The Bachelor of
Science in Nursing degree program at the Addison, Arlington, Chicago, Columbus, Houston,
Jacksonville, Phoenix and St. Louis campuses and the Master of Science in Nursing degree program
are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW,
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at the St. Louis and Columbus campuses and the Associate Degree in Nursing program are accredited
by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree programs at the Phoenix and the Addison campuses are candidates for accreditation by
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prospective students that standards of quality have been met.
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