Twelve of the students will hed to New Orleans March 12-20 to help rebuild homes in the Episcopal Church Diocese of Louisiana and will volunteer to work in the Touro Hospital Emergency Room and at a health clinic for the homeless.
The trip is being sponsored by the Hopkins Student Nurse Relief Corps (HSNRC), a sub-group of the Johns Hopkins National Student Nurses Association, who has done this for the past five years. In January they raised more than $5,000 for the trip through a Creole Charity Gala.
Four other students will go even further south to Catacamas, Honduras to help with Predisan, a Christian healthcare organization dedicated to the region surrounding Catacamas. Predisan, requested that the nursing students help create educational workshops on pre- and post-natal care to help alleviate Honduras’s high rates of infant and maternal mortality rates through topics like nutrition in pregnancy by using basic visual aids and materials they’ve made.
The students completely organized and funded the trip on their own, raising about $1,200 from a massage fundraiser, an alumni grant, and individual donations. Their goal is to develop an official student group working with the Office of Global Nursing to plan larger scale trips in the future.
All 16 are happy to be able to help others and hope that in the future, more students will do the same and help people in need.