Five students from the Faculty of Nursing of the CES University were part of the medical team of the Operation Walk International which was held at the Clínica Las Américas, in the city of Medellín, from April 24 to 27, 2019.
The Operation Walk mission is a mission that is carried out worldwide, in more than 25 countries, where a team of surgeons, internal medicine doctors, anesthesiologists, nurses and physiotherapists perform surgeries, specifically in the area of orthopedics.
The students of the Faculty of Nursing had the task of accompanying patients, families and doctors throughout the mission, being interlocutors, they also had nursing activities, but especially the accompaniment of families in all phases.
“I think this experience was unforgettable, it was really wonderful in all aspects, from the people who were there, the gratitude of the people, to being part of it.”Affirmed María Alejandra Aguirre Álvarez, a fifth-semester student at the CES University School of Nursing.
This time 30 patients were involved, from the municipalities of Medellín, Gómez Plata, San Pedro de los Milagros, Girardota, Copacabana, Puerto Berrío, Carmen de Viboral, Apartado, Sopetrán, Barbosa, Santa rosa, Concordia, Jardín, Yolombó, Envigado.
The fifth semester student of the Faculty of Nursing at CES University, Sofía Moreno Lombana, stated that “I would live this again, as many times as possible. I really liked this whole topic of medicine without borders, they come here, they don't know the language, but still they can give the care that is the purpose of all this: the well-being and quality of life of people”.
The mission is organized by Fundación Las Américas and Operation Walk International with the support of the Health Secretariat of Medellín and Savia Salud, and its novelty is that it is the first time they have invited Nursing students.
The dean of the Faculty of Nursing at CES University, Dedsy Yajaira Berbesi Fernández, expressed how she feels about this work carried out by her students and this is what she told us “It is a great satisfaction to receive these types of messages recognizing the work of our students. The challenge is to keep moving forward and for us to have students with greater competencies, not only in nursing but also in additional competencies that will open doors for them.”.