Chamberlain College of Nursing Launches Partnership With Sister School Fanor in Brazil — January 15, 2010

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School Fanor in Brazil

Students, faculty met in Brazil for an international nursing service project to provide healthcare and health education to urban and rural poor

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — January 15, 2010 — Chamberlain College of Nursing and Fanor officially launched a partnership between their nursing education programs with a three-week nursing service project for students and faculty from both institutions. Through the program, the nursing schools provided healthcare and health education to the urban and rural poor of Brazil.

Chamberlain College of Nursing and Fanor are educational institutions operated by DeVry Inc.

During the trip, the Chamberlain team spent a week at its sister school, Fanor, working with nursing faculty and students to share best practices and learn from one another. The students and faculty spent the remaining two weeks splitting their time between clinics for the urban poor in Fortaleza and temporary clinics in the remote village of Madalena.

“The nursing service project is part of Chamberlain College of Nursing’s experiential learning program, which provides students with opportunities to expand their nursing education through a full spectrum of social, cause-related and field experiences,” said Susan Groenwald, Chamberlain College of Nursing president, who accompanied the team during the first week of the trip. “We look forward to continuing to work with Fanor as we explore additional opportunities to provide relevant, diversified, experiential learning opportunities for our nursing students.”

Chamberlain College of Nursing professors Susan Fletcher, EdD, MSN, and Abra Greenberg, MEd, MS, from the College’s St. Louis and Columbus campuses, respectively, led the group of nine St. Louis campus bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) students on the trip from Nov. 2-22. While in Brazil they worked with nursing professor Amanda Frota and six students from Fanor.

“One of the most important things Fanor and Chamberlain provided to the students during this project was preparation for successful nursing careers in today’s global society,” said Mauricio Garcia, vice president of planning and academics at Fanor. “The students’ understanding of social responsibility and sustainable development will enhance their commitment to a better world.”

At the clinics, the students checked patients’ vital signs, performed breast and prenatal exams, and provided vaccinations. For patients with limited mobility, they conducted home visits during which they provided head-to-toe health assessments, wound dressing and health education. They also played with children and interacted with mothers as they waited at the clinics.

“Through this project, my students gained a deeper understanding of cultural differences. Because of the language barrier, they learned to read body language and hone their observation skills, which makes them better nurses when they return home,” said Dr. Fletcher. “We look forward to expanding the service projects to students at other Chamberlain campuses in the coming semesters.”

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About Chamberlain College of Nursing

Chamberlain College of Nursing (formerly Deaconess College of Nursing) offers associate, bachelor's and degree completion programs in nursing. Campuses are located in St. Louis, Missouri, Columbus, Ohio, Phoenix, Arizona, Addison (Chicago), Illinois and Jacksonville, Florida. Chamberlain’s nursing programs have a strong historical foundation, broad general education background and extensive clinical practice that culminate in compassionate and clinically proficient graduates.

Chamberlain College of Nursing is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, one of the six regional agencies that accredit U.S. colleges and universities at the institutional level. The associate and bachelor’s degree programs in nursing at the Columbus and St. Louis campuses are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). The bachelor’s degree program in nursing at the Addison, Columbus, Phoenix and St. Louis campuses is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Accreditation provides assurance to the public and to prospective students that standards of quality have been met. Program availability varies by location.

Chamberlain College of Nursing is a division of DeVry Inc. (NYSE: DV), a global provider of educational services.

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