A Different Kind of Sunshine (2008)

Different Kind of Sunshine

When students in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing have a chance to spend spring break in the islands, many choose scrubs over bathing suits and work over fun in the sun.

The trips are part of the nursing school's annual "alternative spring break," which gives students a chance to become immersed in a different culture while working with people who need their help. Last year, nine students worked in the Bahamas, while another 11 went to Kingston, the harbor capital of Jamaica, to assist the Catholic monastic order of Missionaries of the Poor with caring for 450 homeless children and adults.

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A Different Kind of Sunshine

There, the students provided help with daily living, wound care, and hospice care for residents, many of whom are physically or mentally challenged or living with HIV/AIDS. Both residents and the monks who care for them enjoyed the high spirits and dedication of the young nurses, who themselves returned home with an appreciation of the power of nursing care. "It was a different kind of sunshine," said one, "and it made me even more glad I am going to be a nurse."

     
 

When a catastrophic earthquake hit China's Sichuan province last May, many students and faculty at Emory’s sister academic health center, Sichuan Medical University, were injured and lost family members. Numerous individuals at Emory responded to university-wide calls to support the beleaguered school, through personal donations to the China Medical Board, through the American Red Cross or Red Cross Society of China, and other organizations. Yerkes National Primate Research Center held a fundraiser and raised $4,000 for this cause.