The experience of a lifetime
In 2010, Milagros Cartagena, RN, MSN, and assistant professor of nursing at Tompkins Cortland, led a group of four nursing students to Colombia to provide clinical care to residents in impoverished areas. It was "the experience of a lifetime," for the students, who were able to assist residents who lived out of range of hospitals and clinics in Colombia.
This was the program's first trip to Colombia, but nursing students also have traveled to Nicaragua for more than 15 years to provide similar care for residents. The program provides invaluable experience to Tompkins Cortland's nursing students, and also invaluable care to residents who may not otherwise experience care.