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DNP student receives R. Hunter Simpson Award to travel to Peruvian Amazon


For immediate release
Date:    July 19, 2009

Ada Otter, RN, BSN, a student in the School of Nursing’s Family Nurse Practitioner Doctor of Nursing Practice program is the recipient of the 2009 R. Hunter Simpson Global Service Learning Fellowship.

Otter will travel to the Peruvian Amazon for one month, where she will work with a multidisciplinary team of health care practitioners to provide care to residents. Part of the time will be spent in the city of Iquitos learning about tropical disease diagnosis, going on house calls in poor neighborhoods, and meeting with local shamans to learn about traditional health beliefs and healing methods. The second and third weeks will be spent traveling as a group to provide supervised care to remote riverside communities who have no access to medical care.

Although she has traveled abroad before through her prior career in environmental work in marine habitats and briefly as an undergraduate in nursing, this experience will be her first providing health care in an advanced practice role in low-resource settings. The program will allow her to witness and participate in clinics with few technological resources and enable her to explore the interactions of indigenous and “Western” medical approaches, urban and rural dynamics, and different cultural groups within Peru. “This is an opportunity to integrate my past travel and life experience with current health care education, to create a foundation for a future career in global health,” says Otter.

The Simpson Global Service Learning Fellowship aims to support students in pursuing international service learning opportunities that effect health disparities for individuals, families, and communities around the globe.  The School of Nursing is grateful to the Simpson family for providing this support.


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