As a partner institution, the University of Santo Tomas College of Nursing takes pride in working with the no.1 school of nursing in the USA, the Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) in facilitating and hosting their global community immersion experience (GCIE) in the Philippines. This program aims to provide an intensive exposure in the community focusing on community health services and public health nursing all geared towards a better appreciation and understanding of the role of nurses in the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health among various population groups.
A 10 member delegation from DUSON was led by Ms. Chelsea True, clinical instructor, visited the country for a two-week clinical exposure. They recently concluded their first week at the municipality of Plaridel, Bulacan from April 24 to 29, 2017 under the supervision of Asst. Prof. Earl Francis Sumile of UST. The DUSON students were deployed in the various rural health units and barangay health stations under the municipal health office of Plaridel which offered them hands on learning opportunities.
Their immersion included multitude of activities during their immersion in the community and the opportunity of doing home health visit and family integration and nutritional screening was accomplished at Jubilee Shelter Program located also in Plaridel under the Roman Catholic Diocese of Malolos Commission on Social Action. Their stay in Plaridel concluded with a medical mission last April 29 for the benefit of the people of Jubilee Shelter which likewise served as the thanksgiving activity of the UST College of Nursing for the success of its college week celebration; and a cultural encounter at Sitio Mabilog Tarlac in coordination with Simbahayan on May 1.