Tech Nursing Students Travel to Belize in December


Professor Melissa Geist has led more than 10 nursing-training outreach visits to Belize, a country on Central America’s northeast coast. Next month she and Associate Professor Jennifer Mabry will lead a group of graduate and undergraduate students to the village of Punta Gorda continuing these valuable hands-on clinical experiences.

In partnership with the local hospital, students will work in the areas of emergency medicine, surgery, and obstetrics. Undergraduates will be paired with grad students as they interact with the staff and patients. The group will also visit an orphanage providing wellness checks, hearing/vision screenings, and vaccinations for the children.

This clinical outreach trip includes assistance from a Cookeville-based firm, START CPR (safety techniques and response training), offering Advanced Cardiac Life Support training for 20 of the local healthcare providers.

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