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 Medical Supplies Sought for Nursing Faculty, Student Visit to Dominican Republic 



Oct. 6, 2004

Contact: Gordon Ovenshine 724-738-4854



SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University nursing faculty Gretchen Schumacher and Kerry Risco and undergraduate and graduate nursing students have launched a collection drive for their second visit to the Dominican Republic, where they will deliver medicine and provide health care to rural villagers.

Organizers of the March trip say SRU’sDominican Republic Medical Outreach Spring Break 2005 needs medicines, vitamins, first aid equipment and prosthetics. Supplies may be delivered to 115 Strain Behavior Science Building. See for a list of needed medicines and to make a tax-deductible contribution.

SRU’s Office of International Initiatives is sponsoring the March 3-12 outreach. The trip is part of classes that include an international component offered during spring break.   Undergraduate and graduate nursing students will provide primary and wellness care.

Four local physicians have volunteered to help prepare SRU family nurse practitioner students to provide primary care to Dominicans, Schumacher said.  On five days, the team will depart Santo Domingo for a different rural village on the city’s outskirts.  They will and set up a clinic, health education area and pharmacy.

The nurse practitioner students will gain direct clinical experience that will prepare them for future practicing roles as nurse practitioners. In addition, they will be immersed in the village setting and introduced the concept of caring for individuals from diverse backgrounds. 

 Undergraduate nursing students who are registered nurses seeking the baccalaureate degree will have the opportunity to apply their course learning as well. 

“The growing diversity of the U.S. population is frequently cited as a reason to prepare more culturally competent nurses,” Schumacher said. “This trip will help students to identify health care issues in diverse populations then, upon their return to the U.S. students will have the opportunity to transfers and use this knowledge in their clinical setting.  International and trans-cultural experiences on a healthcare worker’s resume have been shown to be worth their weight in gold.”

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