Since 2000 the Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing has offered an annual mission trip for our nursing students to recognize our individual and collective "Call to Serve." Our outreach efforts have expanded over the years and now we offer students a variety of ways they can serve vulnerable populations, here and abroad.
BSMCON currently offers students three opportunities to serve vulnerable populations in an immersion experience outside of the classroom:
• Haiti Outreach offers general primary care and education regarding safety and nutrition to families in rural areas of Haiti. This service trip is offered each year during spring break.
• Peru Outreach will be held at the Clinica MADRE De Cristo in Trujillo, Peru. This is a new outreach opportunity will have a focus on maternal and child health, and also takes place during spring break.
• RAM (Remote Area Medical) provides a stateside immersion experience to our students. RAM operates mobile clinics all over the United States and Internationally with a focus on taking health care to areas that are in the greatest need. The College will be participating in a weekend long experience in Grundy, Va. during the fall semester.
Alternative Spring Break
Alternative Spring Break is a program being offered to all levels of students – BSN, RN-BSN and School of Medical Imaging (SOMI) – during spring break with the goals of building community, building student engagement, helping the local community, and putting the values and mission of Bon Secours into action.
• This opportunity allows students and student leaders to participate with several Richmond-area organizations over the spring break week, each serving a different need.
Information regarding applications and acceptance into these programs are communicated to students during the academic year via Blackboard.