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Journeys to Jamaica: A Healthy Dose of Culture, Competence, and Compassion

Whelan, Margaret; Ulrich, Ethel; Ginty, Joan; Walsh, Denise

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000495
JCN Online Extra: online only: education/practice

ABSTRACT: Nurse practitioner and doctor of nursing practice students gain cultural awareness and primary care experience on biannual medical mission trips to Jamaica. Faith-based Molloy College's partnership with professional medical volunteers enables students to apply clinical skills, express compassion, and gain interprofessional experience. Volunteers provide care and education for the high prevalence of noncommunicable conditions found in Jamaica. The program enjoys a positive relationship with Jamaica's Ministry of Health; a research study will assess impact on students and patients.

Margaret Whelan, EdD, FNP, APRN-BC, is a professor and family nurse practitioner in the Barbara Hagan School of Nursing at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, New York. She teaches in the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.

Ethel Ulrich, DNP, ANP, APRN-BC, is an assistant professor and adult nurse practitioner in the Barbara Hagan School of Nursing at Molloy College. She specializes in cardiology.

Joan Ginty, DNP, ANP, APRN-BC, associate dean and director of the DNP program and an adult nurse practitioner and an associate dean of the DNP program at Molloy College.

Denise Walsh, PhD, RN, is the associate dean of graduate programs in the Barbara Hagan School of Nursing at Molloy College. She is the founder of PRN International and has been leading medical missions for 17 years.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Accepted by peer-review 07/10/2017.

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