News, Events and GHP

Global Health Perspectives LogoGlobal Health Perspective (GHP) is a cross-cultural, inclusive outreach program for undergraduate students that is focused on student development in global health settings in Denver and around the world.

GHP combines classroom training with in-field service-learning internships and is integrated throughout the Denver College of Nursing curriculum path. Students are invited to participate in GHP from their first quarter of enrollment, through their coursework and even as DCN alumni.

Student membership in GHP requires attendance at global development symposiums on and off campus and service learning volunteer hours each quarter at many nonprofit organizations in the Denver metro area. After successful completion of GHP membership for a minimum of two quarters and completion of Advanced Medical/Surgical nursing courses, students are eligible to apply for a GHP Service Learning Internship.

DCN faculty members mentor and precept GHP students in both domestic and international internship locations. Upon successful completion of GHP internships students earn clinical credit for their work and, most importantly, gain the tools and experiences to broaden their perspectives in global health care.


Denver College of Nursing (DCN) Student Nurse Association (SNA) hosted a day-long blood donation drive in July for the Bonfils Blood Center, collecting 25 percent more units of whole blood than projected by Bonfils, said Dr. Marcia Bankirer, president of DCN.

In the SNA-sponsored drive, 34 units were collected at the DCN site, which will help over 100 patients in the community, according to Michelle Lowry, community donor representative for Bonfils Blood Center.

“Not only did DCN help Bonfils exceed its projections, but also we received four units of double red cells. This is simply fantastic,” Lowry added. “It was also a very busy drive and several more people from area businesses were interested in donating as well. DCN’s location at 19th and Market streets is a very good spot for us.”

Every day, nearly 200 hospitals and healthcare facilities across Colorado and in the Rocky Mountain region rely solely on Bonfils Blood Center for blood products, requiring Bonfils to collect nearly 3,000 blood donations each week. One single blood donation can save and enhance the lives of up to three patients.

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