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Laurie Bick
Director, Public Relations
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Nursing Students from Wilmington University Head to Ecuador for Hands-on Learning

Experience counts toward student nurses' clinical requirements.

The best way to learn is to do. Two Wilmington University nursing students, Maureen Mercante (RN, BSN) and friend, Katie Hook, are embarking on a medial mission trip to do just that – learn.

As part of Medical Mission Ecuador, a team of doctors, nurses and other health professionals from U.S. hospitals traveled to Ambato, Ecuador, on February 14 with the purpose of performing a variety of surgeries on patients who have no other way to receive the medical care or surgery they need. For one week, Maureen and Katie will be working with other medical teams to treat as many people as possible. Many of the conditions, including cleft palates, ear reconstructions and club feet, would otherwise go uncorrected because Ecuadorian residents too often cannot afford treatment or surgery. The medical mission team will bring their own equipment and medications to perform these services.

The friends will gain unparalleled experience, all of which will apply toward the clinical requirements for the College of Health Professions Family Nurse Practitioner program. 

“It would be great if other students could take advantage of opportunities like this,” said Mercante. “We are already planning our next medical mission to Kenya in November.”

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Published: Friday, February 14, 2014 - New Castle, DE