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Mofongo and many more new words….

The Puerto Rico experience was a total immersion into this unique culture. We also saw parts of the island that few tourists will ever see.

Our purpose was to get a first-hand experience of the healthcare system in this beautiful, and financially struggling, island. We met the President of the equivalent of the Nursing Association (the Colegio de Enfermeras), visited homeless addicts near the main medical center, accompanied a visiting nurse to deliver recycled christmas toys to low-income children, toured the medical center campus (which houses 6 different hospitals), visited the Central Hospital, the helipad and helicopter, and lastly performed patient education at the methadone clinic (within the campus).

Puerto Ricans are a friendly and hospitable people. I was moved by their generosity and eagerness to share their personal experiences with us. My life and my nursing career will be changed from this experience.

Here are some visual highlights:

Artwrork by residents of Salvation Army shelter in San Juan

Artwrork by residents of Salvation Army shelter in San Juan

Scope of Practice of the "Colegio de Enfermeras"

Scope of Practice of the “Colegio de Enfermeras”

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Jerrica holding the cutest baby around

Jerrica holding the cutest baby around

Delivering a donation to our partner organization

Delivering a donation to our partner organization

A typical street scene

A typical street scene

About to board our wah-wah (van)

About to board our wah-wah (van)

Our first taste of Mofongo

Our first taste of Mofongo

Saying goodbye to Ricardo, our documentarian

Saying goodbye to Ricardo, our documentarian

 

Submitted by Jennifer Ratcliffe

Things to do between week 1 and week 2

If you’re not driving back to Atlanta between weeks while at the Moultrie experience, here are a few suggestions:
DoeRun Pitcherplant Bog Natural Area.
Just outside of Moultrie, this park is a 600-acre area that houses many keystone and rare animal and plant species.

How do you say “Rate your pain” in Spanish?

It’s day 4. The week is coming to an end. Tomorrow we say goodbye to dental hygienist (Darton College), physical therapy (Georgia State), and pharmacy students (UGA–University of Georgia, Athens). We’ll miss them, they do good work (and they’re friendly).

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The weather has cooperated, some. We’ve had bouts of rain showers, thunder, sunshine and a rare rainbow grace the skies. Pretty typical for Southern Georgia.

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During the day we work at Cox elementary with the children. We do basic screening tests for vision and hearing as well as blood pressure and height/weight. We are also responsible for the most dreaded table: “The SHOTS” (hemoglobin/glucose testing).

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During our stay, Señor José drives students in the Ellenton Clinic van very afternoon, while Theresa points out crops of cucumbers, zucchini, eggplant, peppers, hot peppers and corn. He makes stops for the “tourist” students to take home samples of the bounties from the fields.

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Year in and year out, migrant workers from Mexico, El Salvador and Honduras travel to the US to pick fruits and vegetables that end up on our table. They endure long hours in the hot sun and very short rest breaks. We (mostly urban Americans) reap the benefits of their hard labor. However none of us are able to imagine the intensity of the work that migrant farm workers do on a daily basis.

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In the afternoon, if we’re not exploring farms, we’re probably in the hotel, catching up on sleep. The Hampton Inn becomes eerily quiet during our “siesta” time. Everyone is in their rooms taking blissful naps before night camp. Then, it’s time to get ready to caravan to the camps where the male workers live. But first many hit the coffee carafe, which stays piping hot morning and afternoon, thanks to Miss Sherry.

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After nearly a week of practice, those who initially spoke only a few words in Spanish can now converse in full sentences. Stay tuned for more “aventuras” in Moultrie.

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Shelby Perry and Jennifer Ratcliffe