Regional Service-Learning Experiences

Use your skills outside of the classroom

Nursing students can participate locally in the Veterans Court and at health clinics, and travel regionally in service-learning experiences with Remote Area Medical in Appalachia or at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota that meet course requirements.

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Community health

As a part of their education, senior nursing students become actively involved, under the guidance of faculty, in a variety of community projects. Examples of recent community projects include:

  • Obtaining food pantry donations for a local homeless shelter in Clark County
  • Supporting a county health department to provide health assessments and education on health promotion to Amish school students in Washington County
  • Working with the Floyd County Center for Women and Children
  • Educating pregnant residents at the Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women
  • Providing support during annual flu immunizations in Harrison County

Veterans Court

The IU Southeast School of Nursing partners with the Veterans Court of Southern Indiana to provide nursing students with a clinical experiential learning opportunity within the correctional system and military community. The partnership began in 2019 with the goal of enabling IU Southeast nursing students to learn about the role of evidence-based treatment approaches in the justice system for veterans with mental health and substance use disorders.

Remote Area Medical in Appalachia

Remote Area Medical is a nonprofit organization that facilitates free “pop-up” medical, dental, and vision clinics in underserved areas, with an emphasis on Appalachia. All services provided are free to participants, and all providers are volunteers. Previous service-learning trips with Remote Area Medical in Appalachia have included travel to clinic sites in Charleston, West Virginia; Gray, Tennessee; and Grundy, Virginia. Nursing students gain real-world experience providing care to the uninsured/underinsured population of Appalachia while working as a part of an interdisciplinary team. Student roles include triaging; assisting in the medical, dental, and vision areas; giving vaccines; and other duties as needed.