Sweet Smiles!!!

When I started planning for this journey months ago, I knew it was going to be a good experience because I was going to be able to give back to the community and help those in need. However, this has been more enriching than I could have ever imagined. I feel that I have learned a lot from my fellow colleagues; every single person in this group has something different to contribute, a different method to interact with the patients and to treat them. 

When we started clinical I was so nervous because I was wondering: how am I going to be a nurse if I am not a nurse yet? As the clinical days have passed by I have become more confident about my nursing skills and I feel that I have significantly contributed to the care of the patients. Even though every day during this mission trip has been very special, today I felt I performed as a real nurse because I was able to provide care for a group of patient with cerebral palsy. As soon as the children arrived I did not hesitate to go to the waiting area to receive them with a warm smile and some stickers. All the children were so sweet and seemed very happy despite their adverse situation. As I was taking the children’s vital signs, I was looking at their happy faces and I realized that the key to good patient care is providing my patients with a smile and a warm touch.

Juliana Betancur - Nursing Student (GBCN)

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