It is always difficult to wrap-up and leave the island. The students worked together extremely well and were an exceptional group with self-direction, motivation, good knowledge and skills. It was a real privilege to facilitate this experience and I truly have a special bond with this group. I will borrow this quote from Christopher Robin and extend it to the group “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think….you are BULL NURSES!!!
Today, Kimone and I were in the ER at Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital. We each spent time with a nurse in the unit and spent the other half of the day helping with triage. On the unit, an ambulance arrived with a patient that we helped admit and treat. I helped assist the nurse and the doctor by handing them supplies and helping calm the patient. The ER was busy as expected, so some patients had to wait to be seen. I helped take vitals and weigh the patients as a preliminary step to being seen in the back. The time flew by for my shift in the ER.
Tonight I went night snorkeling with Dr. Jordan. The hotel we are staying at, Palms at Pelican Cove, offers free guided snorkeling. The owner of the hotel, Chuck, was our guide and we were provided snorkel gear, wet suites, gloves, and a diving light. This night was honestly one of the best experiences I have ever had. It was incredible! I had the opportunity to pick up octopuses. I learned to gently lift the octopus and block the octopus with my hands. I also picked up a lobster and brown spotted eel. In addition to snorkeling in the dark and observing the beautiful wildlife, the entire experience was documented by our guide’s camera. I definitely recommend this experience to everyone! This is something that should be on everyone’s bucket list. Not only do you get to have a great experience, but you also get amazing pictures to share with friends and family.
Today I worked with a midwife at the Charles Harwood Prenatal Clinic. We had a busy day with five check ups and one new pregnancy. With the check ups I shadowed the midwife while she gathered information regarding the pregnant woman’s physical and emotional condition. I had the opportunity to palpate the position of the fetus and auscultate the fetal heart rate. The new pregnancy gave me the opportunity to see the full examination process such as visualizing the cervix and taking a pap smear. It was exciting for me to see women of all gestational stages as well as learn about how their culture plays a role in their pregnancy. Being with a midwife gave me a new perspective on the birthing process. The midwife is a strong advocate for the woman and baby- taking the time to make the pregnancy individualized. Further, the midwife strongly preferred natural home births and allowed the woman control over her birthing experience. She emphasized eating healthy to support the baby’s growth and how breast feeding is special gift that only mothers can give to their babies. Before this experience I thought midwifes only coached women through the process of birthing. Today I learned a midwife is there from the beginning of a woman’s pregnancy to support her throughout her entire pregnancy. From this experience, I think that utilizing a midwife’s training and expertise is a great service for the pregnant women of St. Croix. Today was an amazing day and I am so thankful for this opportunity to learn about midwifery and prenatal care.
Gabrielle and I had the opportunity to spend the day at Fredericksted Health Clinic in the OB and Pediatric department, respectively. In the pediatric department I had the opportunity to view several Well Child Exams with children ranging from three weeks old to six years old. It was a very fulfilling experience because I had the chance to observe the different things that doctors looked for in children versus adults. I also had the opportunity to hold a baby that was only three weeks old. I was never exposed to Pediatric health, so I feel that this opportunity has provided me with a head start for class this fall.
My OB experience at Fredericksted Health Clinic was wonderful! I had a fulfilling opportunity to observe the stages of women’s health during pregnancy – prenatal, perinatal, and post-partum periods. It was definitely a great head start for this upcoming semester.
This morning at 4:45 we awoke to our alarms. We quickly got dressed and hopped in the van. Dr. Jordan, Victoria, Cece, Gabbie, and I all took off in the vehicle towards Udall Point to see the sun rise over the Caribbean Sea. As we waited patiently for the sun to make an appearance through the clouds, we reminisced about all of our experiences of the study abroad. The wind steadily blew through everyone’s hair as the sun slowly showed its face through the intimidating clouds. The view was spectacular and words couldn’t do it justice. The rays were beaming in our faces as we sat upon that rock wall. All in all, the sunrise was breathtaking and a great way to begin our last full day of our study abroad in St. Croix.
Tonight we went to “Disco Bingo” at the Deep End. It was quite an experience. I never knew Bingo could be so much fun. We played 5 games total. I could not believe that our table had two people win! There were dancing breaks in between each round which were super fun.Best of all, I won free Cruzan Rum and Karli won a freeee paddle board lesson!