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Bethlehem, Pa., December 21, 2007— Moravian College students and faculty in the nursing program will travel to Moravian Clinics in Ahuas, Honduras, Central America, during winter break to participate in mission work with local communities. St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing at Moravian College sponsors the program to offer students the opportunity to gain valuable clinical experience first-hand, and to experience life and health care in a developing country, to examine the role of the mission nurse, and to enhance cultural understanding.
Dr. Kerry F. Cheever, professor and chair of the Nursing Department, and Marianne Adam, assistant professor and a nurse practitioner, will accompany the students to Central America. Joining the faculty members are students: Dana DeAngelis, ’08 Bedminster, N.J., Candice Gerber, ’08 Bethlehem, Pa., Jessica Lord, ’08 Easton, Pa. and Ramona Robison, ’09 Bethlehem, Pa., and Kim Bartholomew, HIV/AIDS Coordinator of the Moravian World Mission Board. The group will leave December 27 and return on January 12.
The nursing mission program was designed to implement a nursing course entitled “Nursing of Populations at High Risk for Health Problems” taught by Dr. Janet A. Sipple, professor of nursing. Throughout the fall term, students engaged in intensive study oflanguage and customs, and international issues in health care, and tropical disease management.
Students working with St. Luke's Hospital have gathered a large volume of medical supplies, clothes, and medications to take to the sites. At the Ahuas Clinics, students will work assessing patients and village citizens, assist in births and surgery, manage the daily care of patients, and promote health by teaching.
The nursing course has been planned and organized for the past seven years with the Moravian World Mission Board. Special funding for the project is provided by Central Moravian Church, St. Luke's Hospital, Moravian College, and the area Rotary Clubs of Bethlehem's Morning Star Club, Allentown's Liberty Club, and Nazareth. Many individuals in the Lehigh Valley assisted the group with preparations and gathering resource materials.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.eduMoravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.