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Nursing Students to Discuss Work with the MaMa Project in Honduras

Bethlehem, Pa., September 1, 2009—Students from the St. Luke’s School of Nursing at Moravian College will lead a discussion, “The Spirit of Nursing with the MaMa Project in Honduras, Central America” on Wednesday, September 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Dana Lecture Hall, Collier Science Hall, Moravian College Main Campus. The event is co-sponsored by Upsilon Alpha Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society and Moravian College United Student Government.

The students will be joined by special guest Dr. Herman Sagastume, field director of the MaMa Project, which has been providing services in Honduras since 1987, focusing on nutrition, health, and hygiene.  The project’s deworming and Vitamin A promotions are low cost efforts that have enhanced immunity and allowed children to be more successful in school and prevent blindness among the adult population in Honduras.

Students from the “NURS 320: Nursing Populations at High Risk for Health Problems” class participating in the discussion are Desirae Ackerman ’10, and Registered Nurses Rochelle Beveridge, Avery Bryant, Frannys Carotenuto, Gretchen Deutsch, Corrie Durnin, Tracy Groller, Deborah Halliday, and Morgan Hibbler.

Nursing faculty participating are Beth Gotwals, assistant professor, Dr. Pam Adamshick, assistant professor, Linda Young, visiting professor, and Dr. Janet A. Sipple, professor.

The St. Luke’s School of Nursing at Moravian College offers an innovative curriculum leading to a Bachelor’s Degree (B.S.) with the major in Nursing. The program is designed to address the changing role of the nurse within health care during the 21st century.

The R.N.-B.S. program has been developed to deliver the highest quality baccalaureate nursing education to registered nurses in a flexible format.  All of the courses provided through Moravian College are designed so that they are relevant to the learning needs of adult students and the nursing courses will complement prior coursework and experience. The Moravian College R.N.-B.S. program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Offered in partnership with St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Network and Moravian College’s Comenius Center, courses prepare today’s nurses for essential leadership roles in nursing administration, education and practice environments. Graduate coursework is designed to foster interdisciplinary exchange and learning with Nursing, Education and Business Administration Faculty. The M.S. Program in Nursing has been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to begin enrollment into its graduate tracks as of Fall 2009.