I have been working as a nursing assistant at United Health Services (UHS) Hospital for the past two years in the float pool. This means I can work on any floor in the hospital. Last week, I went home to attend an annual unlicensed nursing assistant education class where I was reminded about the mission statement and values of UHS. While I was listening to the nurse educators talk about the mission statement, I noticed that it correlated with Geneseo Learning Outcomes for Baccalaureate Education (GLOBE) and the college’s own mission statement. GLOBE was created to shape students into “socially responsible citizens” who are able to handle “twenty-first century problems… that are applicable throughout their lives” (GLOBE). Read more
When I was talking to my parents about our final collaborative paper focusing on voluntourism, my mom interrupted me mid conversation to correct me because she thought I was pronouncing “volunteerism” wrong. I realized then that not many people have been exposed to voluntourism, especially medical voluntourism. Read more
Before we discussed any content on the first day of class back in August, Dr. McCoy had us go around the room and introduce ourselves to the class. Not only did Dr. McCoy take the time to learn all of our preferred names, she also insisted that we get to know each other by repeating each other’s names. I was a little skeptical at first because I have never participated in a similar exercise during my college career, but now that is it nearing the end of the semester, I realize how important it was. Read more
In January, I will be traveling to Houston with Livingston Cares to assist with flood recovery. To prepare me for this trip, I attended a GOLD workshop, Going on a Service Trip? What to Expect last week. Read more
The small group discussion today felt different than Monday’s class, as Dr. McCoy acknowledged. I did not realize the change in pace at first, but our group was more engaged and energetic during the conversation and more willing to participate. I think this change occurred because we finally understood what was expected of us in order to successfully complete the project. Everyone was obviously invested on creating a collective paragraph that expressed and combined our opinions about medical voluntourism. Today our group was clearly embodying some of the learning outcomes that we predicted would arise during this project. Leadership and collaboration was demonstrated as we all worked, “to engage others in developing collaborative solutions; to experiment, take risks, and learn from mistakes; to enable, encourage, and recognize contributions to collaborative efforts by all group members” (Globe Learning Outcome 6). For example, we were communicating and challenging each other to think critically and discuss the problem we are responding to. This was further demonstrated as we challenged each other on many sentences, which caused us to think further about the problem to generate a thoughtful paragraph. Today’s exercise proved that this class is capable of creating a positive and significant collaborative project that addresses the problem of medical voluntourism.
Today, in my International Business class, we talked about Leon Sullivan. Sullivan was also discussed in a podcast regarding the international principles he established. The Sullivan Principles were initially established in 1977 to prevent international companies from participating in business with South Africa if apartheid was still practiced. Read more
Children bringing hope into a dying world is a recurring theme throughout the novels we have studied. In the latest book, Zone One, the world is recovering from a devastating pandemic and children are rarely seen. So, when the Tromanhauser Triplets were released from the ICU, a sense of promise and hope swept through the camp. Read more
Last week the class reviewing the discussion we had with Professor Kennison and Professor Muench a few weeks ago about voluntourism. The group discussed ways to better prepare students traveling to foreign countries for the first time and how to approach cultural differences. One way we thought to address this concern was by exposing students to some culture values and norms before going to a foreign country. Read more