A Multidisciplinary Approach to Provide Sustainable Access to Safe Water in a Developing Country

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/308566
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
A Multidisciplinary Approach to Provide Sustainable Access to Safe Water in a Developing Country
Author(s):
Simpson, Vicki L.; Richards, Elizabeth A.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Delta Omicron
Author Details:
Vicki L. Simpson, PhD, RN, vsimpson@purdue.edu; Elizabeth A. Richards, PhD, RN
Abstract:

Poster presented on: Sunday, November 17, 2013, Saturday, November 16, 2013

Nurses have a unique opportunity to fulfill their social responsibility as health promoters by collaborating with other disciplines to create sustainable solutions to global health issues such as access to safe drinking water. Nursing schools have an obligation to educate students in global health issues; however, the opportunity to be involved in projects is often limited. In addition, academic-community partnerships addressing global health issues are often unsustainable due to lack of multidisciplinary involvement.

An innovative educational strategy for integrating global health across disciplines, including public health nursing, has been created at a Midwest University.  This multidisciplinary service-learning class representing diverse academic disciplines (nursing, agricultural economics, biological sciences, engineering) is currently developing a community-scale water treatment system for use at rural sites in the Dominican Republic (DR). Class activities include a site visit to a partnering non-profit organization and a reconnaissance trip to the DR to meet the residents, collect baseline data, and establish means of regular communication. Students are currently conducting experiments to evaluate the feasibility of different water filtration mechanisms and designing implementation and evaluation strategies.  The students will travel to Washington, D.C. to compete for further funding to return to the DR for implementation.

The multidisciplinary nature of this project provides for new teaching/learning opportunities. Students have the opportunity to work with and understand the perspectives of each discipline involved and the necessity of these disciplines working together to increase the chance for success, sustainability and maximum health impact for populations in developing countries.

 

Keywords:
global health; public health nursing students; multidisciplinary educational approach
Repository Posting Date:
19-Dec-2013
Date of Publication:
19-Dec-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
42nd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriott
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleA Multidisciplinary Approach to Provide Sustainable Access to Safe Water in a Developing Countryen_GB
dc.contributor.authorSimpson, Vicki L.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorRichards, Elizabeth A.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentDelta Omicronen_GB
dc.author.detailsVicki L. Simpson, PhD, RN, vsimpson@purdue.edu; Elizabeth A. Richards, PhD, RNen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/308566-
dc.description.abstract<p>Poster presented on: Sunday, November 17, 2013, Saturday, November 16, 2013</p>Nurses have a unique opportunity to fulfill their social responsibility as health promoters by collaborating with other disciplines to create sustainable solutions to global health issues such as access to safe drinking water. Nursing schools have an obligation to educate students in global health issues; however, the opportunity to be involved in projects is often limited. In addition, academic-community partnerships addressing global health issues are often unsustainable due to lack of multidisciplinary involvement. <p>An innovative educational strategy for integrating global health across disciplines, including public health nursing, has been created at a Midwest University.  This multidisciplinary service-learning class representing diverse academic disciplines (nursing, agricultural economics, biological sciences, engineering) is currently developing a community-scale water treatment system for use at rural sites in the Dominican Republic (DR). Class activities include a site visit to a partnering non-profit organization and a reconnaissance trip to the DR to meet the residents, collect baseline data, and establish means of regular communication. Students are currently conducting experiments to evaluate the feasibility of different water filtration mechanisms and designing implementation and evaluation strategies.  The students will travel to Washington, D.C. to compete for further funding to return to the DR for implementation. <p>The multidisciplinary nature of this project provides for new teaching/learning opportunities. Students have the opportunity to work with and understand the perspectives of each discipline involved and the necessity of these disciplines working together to increase the chance for success, sustainability and maximum health impact for populations in developing countries. <p><b> </b>en_GB
dc.subjectglobal healthen_GB
dc.subjectpublic health nursing studentsen_GB
dc.subjectmultidisciplinary educational approachen_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-19T17:33:00Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-19-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-19T17:33:00Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name42nd Biennial Conventionen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.description42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriotten_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.en_GB
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