The Seneca Nursing Jamaica Outreach Program
The Nursing Jamaica Outreach Program is an exciting opportunity for Seneca College nursing students to gain further practical experience. In July 2008, the first group travelled to Kingston, Jamaica where a need for nursing outreach had been identified. Nursing outreach activities address health care needs for individuals and families in a variety of settings, including health clinics, a home for teenage mothers, a HIV/AIDS centre and a cancer care institute.
“Participants have found the outreach experience life changing,” says Professor Marcia Brown who founded the program in 2006. She continues to work closely with Professor Hyacinth Jackson who is co-organizer of the trip to Jamaica each year. A minimum of 10 participants are required for the outreach mission to be viable. The trip is two weeks, departing the Saturday or Sunday after final exams in April, and returning a day or two before the summer semester begins in May.