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Volunteering abroad makes impact on nursing student

Volunteering abroad makes impact on nursing student

Student Salina Ramos recently traveled to Lourdes, France, to experience the spiritual healing of the baths, which attract more than 6 million patients every year. She and 12 nursing students spent 10 days traveling and studying alongside 13,000 other volunteers. Now that Salina’s back stateside, here’s what she has to say about her experience.

Year/Major: Senior, Nursing

What are you up to this summer?

I had amazing opportunity to serve in Lourdes, France, volunteering in the baths. I assisted patients in getting into tubs filled with water from the spring. I prayed with them, I comforted them, but most importantly, I supported them during their experience in Lourdes.

What are you most excited about?

I am most excited to return to Lourdes next year. The city taught me that nursing has no boundaries. It is still possible to provide the best care for someone no matter the setting, the language, or the type of care. I am excited to use what I have learned at my nursing internship at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago later this summer.

How will your summer adventures add to your Loyola experience?

Providing nursing care in another country has really taught me that what I learn as a nursing major is able to go much further than I thought. My education at Loyola is more than the facts and figures learned in classes; it is also about the spiritual and emotional care I can provide someone.

Did you hear any cool stories while in Lourdes?

While we were there, a military pilgrimage was ending. More than 20 nations had their militaries come as a sign of peace and allow some of their wounded warriors to experience Lourdes. Travelers comes to Lourdes with their own stories and expectations, and it is amazing to be a part of that journey.

And finally (and completely off topic)...What is your Chipotle order?

Carnitas burrito bowl with brown rice, pinto beans, peppers and onions, lettuce, sour cream, cheese and guacamole! Answering this just reminds me that there are no Chipotles in France!