This program offers you a unique opportunity to conduct a week-long clinical training exercise in a rural Guatemalan community. In conjunction with Nursing Heart International and Guatemala Esperanza, you will spend one week delivering health care and other needs to rural Guatemalan villages (pueblos). Working within the community, you will forge new relationships with the people of Guatemala, better understand how to work among diverse populations, and develop unique skills as a nurse. The clinical and service experience will be complimented with cultural activities that will help you put into perspective the complex health care and education needs of the local community.
For students in NURS 471:
- Participate effectively in activities that facilitate community involvement in creating a healthy environment for individuals, families, and groups. Essential VII
- Collaborate with community partners to promote the health of individuals and families within the population. Essential VII
- Practice evidence based public health nursing and engage in outcome analysis to promote the health of individuals, families, and groups. Essential VII
- Collaborate effectively with key stakeholders and groups in care delivery to individuals, families, and groups. Essential VII
- Assess the use of clinical judgment in the delivery of care to individuals, families and Populations. Essential VII
For students in NURS 440:
- Design, manage, and coordinate care with consideration to the complex interaction of acute and chronic co-morbid physical and ental conditions and associated therapies common to adults and older adults
- Integrate leadership and communication techniques which foster discussion and reflection among interdisciplinary team members that impacts the care of older adults.
- Compare models of care that promote safe, quality physical and mental health for older adults.
- Articulate the value of pursuing practice excellence, lifelong learning and professional engagement to foster professional growth and development
- Analyze the difference between clinical reasoning and clinical judgment and the relationship to patient care
October 6-13, 2018
This program is for students enrolled in one of the following courses during Fall 2018:
- NURS 471 Clinical Prevention and Population Health
- NURS 440 Designer, Coordinator & Manager of Care III
Participants will stay in shared hotel accommodations arranged by the program.
Wondering how much it's going to cost? See Budget Sheet for information about total program costs, payment schedule, and the withdrawal and refund policy.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
How am I going to pay for it? See our Financial Assistance page for a list of USD and external scholarships.
To inquire about using federal financial aid to help toward the expense of this program, contact the Office of Financial Aid as early as possible (non-USD students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution). NOTE: To be eligible for federal financial aid, you must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits during the summer or 12 credits during fall/spring semester.
Applications—including all required pre-decision materials and recommendations—must be submitted online by the deadline specified in the Dates/Deadlines section on this page. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. To start an application, click the Apply Now button on this page. If the Apply Now button does not appear, applications are either not open yet, or it is past the deadline.
If you have started an application already, use the LOGIN (USD applicants) or NON-USD LOGIN (non-USD applicants) link on this site to return to the materials.
This program is open only to USD students enrolled in NURS 471 or NURS 440 during Fall 2018.
All applicants must be in good academic and judicial standing at their home institution. For other eligibility requirements, including minimum GPA and any language prerequisites, refer to the Fact Sheet on this page.
View photos from past USD Nursing groups in Guatemala.
To learn more about how to prepare, including a suggested packing list, visit Asociación Corazón de Enfermería.
For information about immunizations and health precautions, refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). After you have been admitted to this program, you will be required to complete a travel physical with a healthcare provider such as Sanford Vermillion.