Nursing Students Serve in Panama
Otterbein University nursing faculty Dr. Margie Vogt, along with six graduate and undergraduate nursing students, recently returned from Santiago, Panama where they provided healthcare for a village with limited access.
From November 3-10, they were part of a 14-member Volunteers in Mission medical team, where they cared for over 500 patients, distributed almost 600 prescriptions, and screened almost 400 children in a local elementary school. The team also had the opportunity to participate in cultural activities including theatre productions showcasing Panama native music and dances, and a visit to the Panama Canal.
As one student commented, “although the temperature was hot, that just reflected the warmth and welcome we felt from the people we served. It was an experience I’ll never forget!”
Otterbein’s Nursing Department offers a Masters of Science in Nursing degree in the following majors: Family Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Leader, Nurse Anesthesia, Nursing Service Administration and MSN/MBA in addition to a Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree. In addition, Post Masters certificates are available, as well as associate degree in nursing to Masters of Science in Nursing.
According to the department mission statement, the nursing department is committed to quality nursing education that uses a holistic caring framework to promote quality and safe healthcare. Building on a liberal arts education and a strong science foundation, the goal of the Department of Nursing is to prepare lifelong learners who are committed to the profession, the community, and to meeting the changing health care needs of society.