UTC Nursing Students Volunteer At Hospitals In Ecuador

Monday, March 5, 2012
Pictured from left to right are: (back) Jonathan White, SRNA, Jennifer Easterling, SRNA,Ginger Gates, CRNA, Lisa Vanderwall, SRNA; (front) Jason Clark, SRNA, Nanette Wells-Brooks, CRNA, Assistant Director Nurse Anesthesia Program
Pictured from left to right are: (back) Jonathan White, SRNA, Jennifer Easterling, SRNA,Ginger Gates, CRNA, Lisa Vanderwall, SRNA; (front) Jason Clark, SRNA, Nanette Wells-Brooks, CRNA, Assistant Director Nurse Anesthesia Program

Several nursing anesthetist students from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga spent several days volunteering in hospitals in Ecuador.

Led by Dr. Nanette Wells-Brooks, UTC Assistant Professor of Nursing and Assistant Coordinator of the Nurse Anesthesia Program, the group spent more than a week volunteering in three hospitals in Quito and Ambato, Ecuador. The students were involved in all levels of care for patients, including pre-operative, surgery, and post-operative.

 

“They were allowed to do everything. While they were always supervised, it was a good learning experience,” Dr. Wells-Brooks said. The students also got experience working in unique conditions. In addition to surviving 12-to-16 hour workdays, the students learned to work in a new and different environment. Often, they were without most of the monitoring equipment they were accustomed to using back home.

 

“At first, they all had that ‘deer caught in headlights’ look on their faces. I could tell they were anxious and panicking. But by the end of the week, they had picked it up and were much more assertive. They were able to do things on their own,” she continued. The students spent most of their time in the pediatrics ward, scrubbing in on plastic surgeries ranging from cleft lips to facial deformities.

 

“We tried to see as many people as we could because we knew people would not receive this care if we didn’t get to them. It was very challenging, but rewarding work,” Dr. Wells-Brooks said. “It was a very transformative experience. It makes students think critically and apply knowledge they learned in their classes to new cases and experiences. While in Ecuador, they got to experience a totally new environment and work on cases they’ve never seen before,” she continued.

 

The students also learned the value of giving back to the community. “An experience like that teaches students the value of altruism, and that nursing is ultimately a career about service,” Dr. Wells-Brooks said.



Morning Pointe Celebrates Dec. 14 Holiday Grand Opening In Spring Hill

Morning Pointe of Spring Hill will celebrate a holiday grand opening Dec. 14, from 4-7 p.m. at 1001 McCutcheon Creek Lane, located off Miles Johnson Parkway, south of Duplex Road. The event will begin with a formal ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m., and will feature a Christmas Concert by Summit High School and a singing of songs from Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” by Columbia State ... (click for more)

CHI Memorial Mobile Health Coach To Visit Meigs And Sequatchie Counties

CHI Memorial’s mobile health coaches will provide mammography screenings on Friday, Dec. 1 at the Piggly Wiggly, 17619 State Hwy. 58 N. in Decatur, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and at the Sequatchie County Senior Center, 103 Heard St. in Dunlap, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. CDT.   "All women should have one screening mammogram between the ages of 35-40. After age 40, a screening mammogram ... (click for more)

5 Disinherited Adopted Children Of Dr. J. Don Brock May Share In Rich Estate After All

Five disinherited adopted children of the late Chattanooga businessman J. Don Brock may share in his large estate after all. After losing at the trial court and appeals court level, the plaintiffs won a victory at the Tennessee Supreme Court. Justice Cornelia Clark ruled in favor of the adopted children and remanded the case to the trial court for settlement of the estate. ... (click for more)

Walker County Asks Dismissal Of Erlanger Lawsuit Asking Court To Order New Taxes For Payment Of $8.7 Million Debt

Walker County, Ga., is asking the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Erlanger Health System that asks a federal judge to order the levying of taxes to pay an $8.7 million debt. Walker County noted that new Commissioner Shannon Whitfield has imposed a special tax levy on its citizens designed to satisfy the debt. It also says that Commissioner Whitfield held several meetings with ... (click for more)

Stormwater Fiasco And East Ridge Camping

When did the Chattanooga City Council get replaced by members of the East Ridge City Council? I don't recall a time in Chattanooga where they've voted to shoot the city in the foot more than they have lately.  If this goes through despite the environmental impact warnings and then Camp Jordan has increased flooding after spending millions on sports ball fields, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Why I Am Thankful

You would think that after 40 years of publishing an annual list of things for which I am thankful, I’d be getting to the bottom of it, but it seems the older I get I have found I appreciate so much more around me. I take absolute delight in planting a flower, feeding the birds and throwing a ball for my dog. I find that the more people who I come to know the more who I come to ... (click for more)