ASU nursing students share service experience in Guatemala

(04-26-2013)

Maternal death, child malnutrition, and violence are the top health issues in rural Guatemala, where eleven Adams State University nursing students completed rural health and service learning projects last month. The group will share a presentation on their experience Monday, May 6, at 7 p.m. in Carson Auditorium (Adams State Student Union Bldg.) The presentation is free and the public is welcome. No parking permits are required in campus lots after hours.

From left (in white shirts): Tanya Archuleta, Rebecca Lindquist, Victoria Kretche (faculty), Lauren Johnson, Allison Bennett (staff), Jonathan Reed, Rikki Leyba, Stephanie Carino, Kenny Scally, Ana Banuelos-Valdez, Ashley Kelly, Valerie Smith, and Anita Salazar.

The group worked in clinics in the towns of Parramos and Iztpa, accompanied by Victoria Kretche, visiting asst. professor of nursing, and Allison Bennett, coordinator of the Nursing Simulation Lab. Major efforts included providing vaccinations and vitamins. One day in Parramos was devoted to new mothers and infants, while another day focused on diabetic patients.

They also visited schools to promote hand washing and general hygiene. To protect the human population, the student nurses also worked to vaccinate dogs against rabies. Bennett noted 75 humans in the town contracted rabies during the month of January alone.

By Julie Waechter