Written by: Holly Johnson
Have you ever wanted to go on a mission trip but didn’t really know what it entailed? Here is the story of my first medical mission trip to Honduras. It changed my life!
The flight into Honduras from Atlanta wasn’t too long at all. The group of volunteers was filled with adrenaline as we stepped off the plane. It wasn’t difficult to manage the small airport and customs let us through without any issues. Immediately, we were aware that we were in a Spanish speaking world. Customs emptied out into a food court and our host told us to grab something. Because none of us felt confident, we all opted for the only familiar restaurant there, Wendy’s! From there,our host exchanges currency for us. Then, it was time to load up on the bus for the three hour bus ride into the mountains. (It is only an hour and a half trip really, but the roads are so full of potholes, it takes 3 hours.) This is where two things happen. One,you realize there is no air on the bus. Two, you lower the window and let your ego go. You are not at home. Honduras is a place where bare minimum is a way of life. No whining is allowed.
As we looked out the windows on our way up the mountains, we are all in awe. Lush,tropical mountainsides covered in coffee plants are everywhere. Beautiful flowers dot the landscape. Cowboys on horseback and longhorn cattle were common too. People knew the mission group and recognized our bus. We got many waves during the bus trip. It was nice to feel welcome.
We arrive at our very nice hotel covered in road dust. The hotel doors open up to a courtyard complete with lush foliage and turtles! We are assigned to our rooms. By Honduran standards, we are staying in luxury. The hotel has bottled water,air conditioning,and a French chef! We are free for the night and take the opportunity to venture out.
Sunday-we are split into groups. One group goes to the medical camp site to set up. The other group is taken to the mission’s offices to sort prescriptions and eyeglasses. We work for several hours and then head back to the hotel.
Monday-Thursday-we are out of the hotel by 7:00AM and on the way to the medical site. We are told what our assigned roles are. Assignments are registration, traffic control, intake (vitals), parasite table, triage, doctor’s assistants, or pharmacy. We arrive and are greeted by hired military guards with machine guns. The line of patients was already waiting even though we did not begin for another hour. We serve more than 200 people a day. We play with the children by blowing up latex gloves into balloons. We work hard and only take 15 minutes for lunch. We sweat like we’ve never sweat before. We drink Gatorade and water constantly. And,we are hugged and thanked a million times. We see things that break our heart. We also save lives. For example,we saw several people who had blood sugars above 400 but never knew they had diabetes. We saw infected wounds. We saw ears so impacted that people had hearing loss. We caught heart murmurs. We treated endless numbers of children with fungal infections so bad it caused scarring. We gave antibiotics, fungal cream, insulin, vitamins, Tylenol, and cough syrup away by the dozens. None of the patients complained about the long wait. None of them cared about the fact that the only privacy they had was a thin sheet “wall” separating them from everyone else. There is no HIPPA here. If we didn’t have what they needed, they still hugged us and told us we were sent by God. It was extremely humbling. It was also the most amazing feeling to know that we truly made a difference.
Friday is a day of rest and fun. We headed out to the Mayan Ruins and zip lining. There were so many things to see. Beautiful country. Even though we were all exhausted, we really enjoyed the day. We also had a chance to barter at the market and took a million pictures. We cram as much as we can into the day. We know we have to leave for the airport at 6:00 in the morning. It was a whirlwind of a week.
I loved the experience so much, I stayed for two more weeks and joined two other medical groups. It gave me the chance to meet more Hondurans and go into town. I caught a soccer game and a basketball game. I played with probably 100 children. I can’t wait to go back in June of 2014 for round two. Honduras has a place in my heart now! I hope you can take a week sometime and go on a mission trip. You’ll be changed forever too.
Welcome to Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University and welcome to Georgia Baptist Association of Nursing Students, also known as GBANS!
GBANS is a student organization that provides nursing students at our school with the opportunity to get involved in the professional organizations of nursing, including the Georgia Association of Nursing Students (GANS) and the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA). As an organization,GBANS provides outlets for students to get involved through community service projects and outreach,legislative activities, interdisciplinary events, and educational actvities.
As a student at GBCN, you are already a member of GBANS as our school holds a full-enrollement policy and dues are including in the tuition payment. This being said, I look forward to seeing you all getting involved in our school’s Student Nursing Assocation!
Please contact myself, or any member of the board if you have any questions about getting involved!
I look forward to serving as your GBANS President and meeting you in person!
The Mercer Physician Assistant Program has partnered with Good Samaritan Health Center and has devoted its energy to passionately advocating for the under-served members of our local family in need of quality low cost health care. Join them October 26,2013 and contribute to the future of someone in need.
Proceeds to benefit Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett to aid in their continuing mission to provide low cost health care to the uninsured and underinsured in the Atlanta area. The race is open to all ages and COSTUMES ARE ENCOURAGED!
Race day registration is open from 6:30 am to 7:45 am. First 150 registered participants will receive a race commemorative T-shirt. Check out all the prizes here.
Before Race Day:
The Mercer University Physical Therapy Program will be hosting a FREE running and footwear analysis on Tuesday, October 22nd. Please join us outside the MAC from 12:00-1:00 pm.
The Mercer University Pharmacy and Physical Therapy Programs will be offering additional services on Saturday,October 26th.
Mercer Orthopedic Residents and the Physical Therapy Program will be on site to provide basic screenings, manual therapies, trigger point releases, stretching exercises and patient education.
APhA-ASP and the College of Pharmacy will be offering blood pressure screenings and education about diabetes risks and prevention.
Be The Match!
The Mercer PA Program is hosting Be The Match from 8-10 am. The process is easy and painless (NO BLOOD DONATION!). Please join us in the fight against Blood Cancers! Here is where you can get more information regarding the donation process.
Win Two Hawks Tickets!
Bring canned goods the day of the race for a chance to win 2 tickets to the Atlanta Hawks and support Hosea feed the Hungry! Receive one raffle ticket for every five canned goods donated. Drawing to be held after the race.
Good Morning!!! Just wanted to follow up on my announcement from yesterday. Our first “Muffins for Mia”will be on Monday! If you’re interested in helping,let me know. I need volunteers to bring cups,orange juice,and napkins. I also need everyone to skip breakfast at home and eat with us on 10/28,11/8,and 11/11 !!!!
**This is not a GBANS event. This is organized by Stacey Vinson,senior GBCN student**
Volunteers Needed for the FOCUS Fashion Show
Conant Performing Arts Center
You can help by assisting with medically fragile children who will model at the fashion show or by ushering at the event. Only 10 volunteers from GBCN are needed for this event.
FOCUS on Fashion is an unforgettable afternoon of fashion,entertainment,refreshments,and fun,starring FOCUS children and the professionals who care for them. FOCUS on Fashion a public awareness event about FOCUS and our programs
Contact:Elizabeth Williams Community Service Co-Director,GBANS
Hey Seniors! I introduced Light the Night fundraiser at the last GBANS member meeting and now it’s time to register yourself and begin donating money. The walk will take place on October 12 at 5PM in Centennial Olympic Park. This is a walk/fundraiser that benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. It’s a really easy process to register and donate:
1. click the link below,and then click join under join our team now
2. fill out the information please (registering doesn’t mean you have to come to the walk so don’t be worried about that)
3. to donate money click donate to team (even though there are several amounts just do other if you want to give $20)
4. When filling out the donation page,be sure to click show my name,but hide amount if you want to keep this private,but please leave your name.
Please let me know if you have questions or problems. I’ll be sending tons of messages and I’ll make another announcement Tuesday in class. Please remember the goal is for every student to donate $20. Thanks in advance for your help in raising money for this great cause!
Here’s a project that TJ Tekesky, part of the senior class of 2014 is creating.
To contribute or if you have any questions please send an email to Michael.A.Tekesky@live.mercer.edu
Who: Nursing students across America have an opportunity to partner up with their local American Legion to collect hygiene items that will be sent to servicemen and women who are deployed throughout the world defending the freedom of the American people.
What: Some of the simplest things that can prevent the spread of illness and infection are not readily available to those who are deployed around the world. We as Nursing Students understand the importance of hand sanitizer and baby wipes and how they can prevent the spread of illness and infection. We will be collecting these hygiene items and then shipping them overseas to our servicemen and woman. Below you will find a list of all items that will be collected and sent overseas. In addition to sending hygiene supplies,we would also like to include information on what the profession of nursing can offer these veterans when they separate from the military. Johnson and Johnson provide excellent, free nursing literature that can be included in these care packages.
Where: This is a project that can be organized by your local or state Nursing Student organization or a combination of the two.
When: While this is ultimately the decision of the organization that puts this together,I would recommend trying to have one shipment per semester. This would allow ample time for the collection of supplies,organization of the supplies received,and finally shipment of the supplies overseas!
Why: It is unacceptable that individuals who are separated from loved ones,thousands of miles from home,and ultimately keeping America free,are forced to shower with a water bottle full of water. I believe that we as healthcare professionals need to address this problem head on. Not only will we be addressing a major healthcare issue, we will be reaching out to under-represented populations within the field of nursing. This is exactly what Breakthrough to Nursing is all about!
Stay up-to-date with the board. Here are our minutes from the most recent board meeting.
8.20.13 GBANS Board Meeting
Our first GBANS member meeting is next Monday,August 26th at noon in room 137. We will be introducing the board of directors and talking about what GBANS has planned! Come join the fun!
GBANS leaders attended the GANS Council of Student Leaders (COSL) Mid-Year leadership conference this past week at Camp Twin Lakes in Winder,Georgia. The convention’s theme was LEAD:Leadership, Education, Accountability, and Decision-Making. During the conference they participated in leadership trainings, low ropes courses, volleyball games,an olympics-style competition, bonfires, cornhole games, and networking opportunities. They learned skills that will help empower GBANS members to be amazing nurses and had a lot of fun! For more information about the conference go to https://www.facebook.com/cosl2013?fref=ts
This bench was left from GANS to Camp Twin Lakes to say thank yo