News, Events and GHP

Global Health Perspectives LogoGlobal Health Perspective (GHP) is a cross-cultural, inclusive outreach program for undergraduate students that is focused on student development in global health settings in Denver and around the world.

GHP combines classroom training with in-field service-learning internships and is integrated throughout the Denver School of Nursing curriculum path. Students are invited to participate in GHP from their first quarter of enrollment, through their coursework and even as DSN alumni.

Student membership in GHP requires attendance at global development symposiums on and off campus and service learning volunteer hours each quarter at many nonprofit organizations in the Denver metro area. After successful completion of GHP membership for a minimum of two quarters and completion of Advanced Medical/Surgical nursing courses, students are eligible to apply for a GHP Service Learning Internship.

DSN faculty members mentor and precept GHP students in both domestic and international internship locations. Upon successful completion of GHP internships students earn clinical credit for their work and, most importantly, gain the tools and experiences to broaden their perspectives in global health care.

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Five Denver School of Nursing (DSN) students, accompanied by two faculty members, completed the second DSN Global Health Perspectives healthcare internship in Honduras, supporting The Friends of Barnabas Foundation and its comprehensive pediatric cardiac program, The Little Hearts Project, said Dr. Marcia Bankirer, president, Denver School of Nursing (www.denverschoolofnursing.edu).

In partnership with local Honduran health providers, The Little Hearts Project provides patient care case management for patients with cardiac defects and diseases, including pre-op and post-operative care, and follow-up care for children from throughout Honduras.

To facilitate the training of Honduran healthcare professionals, DSN’s Micah Hughes, assistant professor and director of the Global Health Perspectives (GHP) program, Avrey Hughes, adjunct professor and the pediatric intensive care unit nurse educator for Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, along with Dr. Mark Clay, assistant professor at Vanderbilt University, conducted cardiovascular training workshops for 18 Honduran nurses.
The training team used lecture, simulation and hands-on patient-care training for the nurses who came from three different hospitals in San Pedro Sulla. The nursing teams then provided treatment for 10 Honduran children who underwent open heart surgeries, conducted by Dr. Victor Paz, the only pediatric cardiovascular surgeon in Honduras, and Dr. Sashi Nakaido, a U.S. cardiovascular surgeon.

“All children recovered successfully from their open heart surgeries with a new future,” Hughes, DSN’s GHP director, said.

From DSN, nursing students Brenda Ayala, Heidi Falkner, Kat Hatcher, Nikki Kolb and Shannon Krajewski supported Honduran clinicians in the cardiovascular cath lab, in pre-operative patient and family education, in the operating room, in post-operative recovery and in pediatric intensive care.
“Seeing the Honduran nurses work so hard, often at two full-time jobs, with so much dedication, love and commitment changed my life,” said DSN’s Ayala. “This internship taught me about service learning. To me, it is the most satisfying way to learn through practicing my nursing skills and at the same time helping others in a transformative way.”

Friends of Barnabas provides healthcare services at no cost to those families without access, teaches preventative health education to children, parents and community members and empowers and improves the capacity of local healthcare providers. Founded by a United Methodist minister, Reverend Linwood Cook, The Friends of Barnabas Foundation began helping those in need in 2000. In 2006, the NGO’s work was furthered by Dr. Nakaido and Lori Cordova, RN, who started The Little Hearts project.

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