Fifteen Ricks College nursing students are broadening their clinical experience by participating in an educational program at Arab hospitals in Jerusalem and Bethlehem this semester.
The students will work with obstetrics and pediatrics at Makassed Hospital and Sheikh-Jarah Clinic in Jerusalem, and Mount David Children's Orthopedic Hospital in Bethlehem. The nurses, the first from Ricks College to participate in this program, departed for Jerusalem Jan. 6 and will return the middle of April."I see this experience as a choice addition to the excellent training our Ricks College nurses receive," said Ricks Pres. Joe J. Christensen. "Those who are privileged to go will gain the opportunity of clinical experience in the incomparable setting of Jerusalem. Their lives will be permanently blessed."
The program is being conducted in conjunction with BYU Travel Studies. The nurses are living at the BYU Jerusalem Center and participating in the center's regular programs that include study of the culture of the Middle East, Biblical geography and travel study of Old and New Testament sites.
The students prepared for the journey by completing a five-week nursing class last summer. During the course they also learned the basics of the Arabic language.