S: Jamaica 20
FC: Jamaica | WSU Nursing trip to travel Jamaica 2010
2: Taking off from MSP
3: Landing in Montego Bay
4: Our first night in Montego Bay we stayed at Doctors Cove hotel and enjoyed dinner at the Pork Pit. Some of us went swimming at the Beach the next morning
6: Our drive from Montego Bay to Kingston, we stopped at many interesting places along the way, including Columbus's proposed landing spot
8: Devon House Ice Cream
9: Little | Theater | Captain Jack
10: Dunn's River Falls
11: Goblin Hill
12: Glorias | Port Royale | Fort Charles
14: When we first decided to go on this trip I was not expecting it to have such a profound effect on me. I heard lots of bits and pieces of information from people who have traveled there before me, however none of it really prepared me for our experience. I am very glad that we read the book before we left because I could understand the historical significance of the sights we saw. When we first arrived in Jamaica I was surprised by how close everything was together, and how impoverished everyone appeared to live in the city. | However I was also touched by how friendly everyone that we met was. Always willing to talk to us, and wish us a good trip, in addition to giving us detailed information on their country. The individuals that lectured to us were extremely informative and I learned a great deal from them. I was also astonished at the great beauty that this island consisted of. Every place that we visited had different gorgeous scenery; my favorites were the Blue Mountains and Port Royals.
15: One of my favorite days spent in Kingston was the day we shadowed a nurse at the University Hospital. It was so interesting to see how different their nursing practices were. We watched nurses perform many procedures that we would consider sterile without even gloves, also we saw them stick used needles into the patient's bed. However, the thing that I noticed to be the most different was the amount of conversation between the nurse and the patient. | I felt that this was lacking very much in the accident and emergency department that we observed. One patient we saw in particular was scared and crying, there were at least 4 nurses and 2 doctors in the room performing what would appear to a client as complicated and scary procedures.Not one of them took the time to talk to the patient or acknowledge her fears. I feel like watching this really made me realize the importance of caring patient communication, and incorporating this into my own nursing practice. Overall this trip was an exceptional experience and I will never forget it.