Six Minnesota State University RN to BSN nursing students and one graduate nursing student recently returned from a medical trip to rural Nicaragua where care was provided to the ‘los pipitos’ (children with handicaps), as well as the general population.
MSUM Nicaragua Team 2014
Care was provided to hundreds of under-served patients and education was also provided to young school children. This trip is led by Dr. Jane Bergland on an annual basis during spring semester and has taken place for more than a decade.
Medical, Eye, and Dental International Care Organization (MEDICO) is the organization through which the trip has been organized for the last 6 years. MEDICO, a nonprofit humanitarian service organization, has been providing comprehensive health care in Central America since 1990. The organization’s mission is to provide medical, eye, and dental care, and educational services to people in developing countries who have little or no access to health care.
The medical team consisted of nursing students, pediatric residents, pediatricians, dentists, a physical therapist, a pulmonologist, an emergency medical doctor and a pharmacist. MSUM represents one third of the trip members.