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May 5, 2015

Welcome to the Lesotho Scholars Blog!

Welcome to the Lesotho Scholars Blog site! We will be going to Lesotho on May 20th to share some ideas with our colleagues there. I know we will also learn a great deal from our colleagues about the challenges they face in providing health care and in educating their nursing students. We're very excited to be going and meeting our colleagues in Lesotho and look forward to your responses to our posts.
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January 6, 2015

Dignity & Respect Month at the Institute

For the second consecutive year, January has been designated as Dignity and Respect month at the Institute. As part of its role in providing leadership for assuring an inclusive and welcoming environment to all, the Institute’s Diversity Counci l has formally subscribed to a national Dignity and Respect Campaign, whose motto is “Making the world a better place for all to live – with all of our differences.” The campaign offers 30 daily tips, which will be included in the IHP Daily News and on video monitors throughout campus throughout the month. As the campaign notes, “Inclusion begins with...
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January 16, 2015

Observed Hospital Differences between U.S. and India

My first clinical assignment during our month long stay in Manipal, India was at Kasturba Hospital. Referred to as "postings" by the College of Nursing, these short visits to floors such as the ICUs and Causalities (equivalent to our Emergency Departments) provided us with much insight to the differences between healthcare here in India and the United States. For myself, I had no idea what the hospital conditions would be like or what type of patients we would see. It was necessary to acknowledge our own privilege before analyzing the healthcare setting. Studying in Boston, we had the...
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January 12, 2017

Dominican Republic-Trip to Batey Brador 1/8/2017

Sunday 1/8/17: Nadia Carter The Dominican Republic is a mostly Christian country. Driving through the cities, there are several churches within blocks of each other, with services in Spanish as well as Haitian creole. Additionally, many walls were decorated with passages from the Bible about Jesus Cristo (Jesus Christ) and Dios (God). Given that we were here with a Christian mission, our experience was immersed with prayer and moments where we thanked God for the opportunity to be here to help. Many of the people in our group come from diverse religious/spiritual backgrounds, but were very...
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January 13, 2017

Dominican Republic-Barrio Quisquella 01/10/2017

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Bateye Quisquella By Muni Adebimpe It's day two! Our amazing group rode all the way to Bayete Quisquella where we were able to service about 85 individuals. Highlights from the day included a man with a dislocated shoulder, a woman with lymphedema, a child with pneumonia, and a variety of individuals that presented with high blood pressure. All these individuals were managed and treated appropriately by the MGH-IHP nurses team alongside the medical doctors (who were Haitian and Dominican) and our very own Sara Smoller, an acute care nurse practitioner. Moreover,...
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January 22, 2015

Religion and Temple Visits in India

Bylakuppe One of the great things about our trip to India is learning about different religions. We have been so lucky to visit many temples during our stay in Manipal. From visiting these temples we are able to learn a little about each religion and the history behind the temples we visit. Karkala We were able to take a day trip to Karkala where we went to the 1000 Pillars Temple and the famous statue of Gommateshwara—both are associated with Jainism. Jainism is an Indian religion that promotes extreme nonviolence towards all living beings. Those who practice the Jain religion follow three...
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February 26, 2015

Research and education to address the challenges of those struggling with Alzheimer’s disease.

The award winning movie Still Alice, for which Julianne Moore won a 2015 Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, has won the publics’ hearts for its moving portrayal of a female professor’s struggles due to early-onset dementia. Here at the MGH Institute, we recently experienced a riveting evening hearing Greg O’Brien, an award-winning journalist and author who is documenting his struggles with the same neurocognitive disorder in his book: On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s . It was part of the theme “Dignity With Dementia” that our first-year students are focusing on throughout the 2014-...
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January 18, 2017

Dominican Republic Mission Trip-Batey Guaymate-01/13/2017

Written by Christina Palmieri. Suddenly it was Friday, the week flew by, we had the last of the cold showers and were eager to head to Batey Guaymate. There was an unspoken sadness, our last clinic day was upon us. As we loaded the bus, a quick rain shower painted a full rainbow across Santa Rosa avenue, we were off! The ride was scenic; the road was lined with sugarcane stalks waxing and waning in the wind. The sky was blue, and the sun was beating down on the workers, the intermittent cloud cover allowing shade were not often enough. Believe it or not, the laborers had been in the fields...
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June 15, 2015

“Top Ten” things we’ll miss when we leave Lesotho

Ok, maybe it's a few more... 1. The cordiality of our hosts at Maluti Adventist College. 2. Being asked whether we slept well. 3. Being asked whether we’re warm and having our hosts find additional heaters for us. Our precious paraffin heater 4. The wonderful vegetarian meals cooked for us by the Cafeteria Ladies. The team enjoys the breakfast smorgasbord. 5. Their kindness to us when we requested essential bathroom supplies. 6. The beautiful voices of the church choir and the churchgoers as they sang their hymns. 7. The kindness of the church attendees who shared their prayer books with us...
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August 11, 2015

What is the International Innovations Project, you ask?

In ternational Innovation Project (IIP) is an international, multidisciplinary, intensive course. The program was initiated by Metropolitan University College (Denmark), and has been offered from 2011 in collaboration with Seton Hall University (USA), MGH Institute of Health Professions (USA), Metropolia University of Applied Science (Finland) and Metropolitan University College. There are 9 MGH Institute students participating in this year’s 5-week course in Helsinki – 5 Physical Therapy students and 4 Occupational Therapy students. I have the pleasure of attending for the first week and...
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