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UM-Flint Nursing Students Establish Child Life Center

  • June 9th, 2009 By: UM-Flint News

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In late May, nine
students and two nursing faculty traveled to Kenya to participate in an International Academic Service Learning course for two weeks. They provided nursing care and teaching to a variety of people through St. Mary’s Mission hospital. They also left behind something special for the children.



University of Michigan-Flint nursing students can participate in an international element to their studies that
can take them to the Dominican Republic, Cambodia or Kenya. In late May, nine
students and two nursing
faculty traveled to Kenya to participate in an International Academic Service Learning course for 2 weeks.
They provided nursing care and teaching to a variety of people through St. Mary’s Mission hospital. They
also left behind something special for the children

Students and faculty provided nursing care and in-service training to the hospital staff. They also had an opportunity to work with orphans at a high school, a residential home for destitute girls, and a HIV orphanage for children. Seeing a need for some special services, the group collected donations to establish a child life center and buy toys for a playroom for the pediatric unit at St. Mary’s.

UM-Flint established a partnership with St. Mary’s in 2007.

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