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.

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Seven Denver College of Nursing (DCN) students raised funds for food and cooked and served breakfast for dinner for over 60 Ronald McDonald House-Aurora family residents and staff, said Dr. Marcia Bankirer, DCN president.

DCN’s Student Nurse Association has adopted the two Denver-area Ronald McDonald Houses for their ongoing community outreach and community education programs, explained DCN student Tyler Linne, vice president of the DCN Student Nurse Association (SNA).

“We students raise funds among ourselves to feed the families, shop for their food, cook for them and serve them each quarter,” Linne said. “But, what’s most important to us, as nursing students, is the opportunity to connect with these families, to talk to them about the health concerns they have for their children undergoing care at Children’s Hospital and to leave a part of ourselves behind to offer them comfort and support.”

The seven DCN students who participated included: Ann Abraham, Laura Alcorn, Brittany Lines, Tyler Linne, Mykella Phillips, James Potter and Aubrey Totsch.

Over the past three years, DCN’s Student Nurse Association has involved over 166 students donating over 500 hours of time to serve meals to over 250 families residing at Ronald McDonald House Denver and Aurora.

At the end of 2014, Ronald McDonald Houses had 300 local Chapters in 62 countries and regions around the world and Ronald McDonald House programs can be found in 89 percent of the world’s best children’s hospitals. Every year, RMHC helps nearly nine million families stay together while their children undergo treatment.

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