Nursing student Matt Pipitone is preparing to spend spring break in the mountains of El Salvador treating the sick.
He will join 28 classmates and three faculty members from the Palm Beach Atlantic University School of Nursing on the week-long trip, which is part of a clinical immersion course. He said he signed up for his first mission trip because he desires “to have a servant heart,” said Pipitone, a junior who is double-majoring in nursing and psychology.
|Palm Beach Atlantic University Associate Professor of Nursing Dr. Christine Brooks (center) speaks to students this week about packing for their trip to El Salvador. Among the items they will take are donated clothes, shoes and new toothbrushes.|
The trip represents also another first. It will be the first school-wide mission trip for the School of Nursing, which is partnering with the international Christian organization King’s Castle Ministries.
The nursing students, all juniors and seniors, will be involved in medical missions in and around Santa Ana. Also, the team is slated to participate in a service learning project as part of their Community Clinical course.
They’ll spend a day packing and distributing 150 bags containing oil, rice and beans for families in need, said Associate Professor of Nursing Dr. Christine Brooks, who will accompany the students on the trip.
Nursing student Katie Kraft said that it’s one thing to help others in a country like the United States, where resources are available. “Being able to serve in a community where there are no resources for these people is an entirely different situation,” she said.
The students are bringing with them clothes, shoes and other items to be donated to struggling families. Dr. Robert Denton, a local dentist, donated new toothbrushes, and Medwear Uniforms donated scrubs. Students raised money for the trip, and they also received support through donations from nursing faculty members and JupiterFirst Church.
This trip is one of several missions-oriented journeys that PBA students will take next week. About 80 PBA students will travel to seven countries in Central and South America during spring break on trips coordinated by Campus Ministries. One team will remain in West Palm Beach to participate in an urban immersion project.
Meanwhile, two students from the School of Education and Behavioral Studies will travel to the Dominican Republic for an educational visit to Santiago Christian School.