Student Nurses Association (SNA) Goes to Costa Rica on a Medical Mission

Student Nurses Association May 2018 Costa Rica medical mission group

Representing the Hawai’i Pacific University SNA, Justin Balany, Jordan Cochrane, Ashton Hartwell, Angela Gauco, Brandon Marcello, Allyson Reeves, Katelyn Armbruster, Alexsis Enslava, and faculty advisor and Professor of Nursing Cate Critz, Ph.D., embarked on a medial mission to Costa Rica from May 7 to May 13. They cared for nearly 200 underserved children and their families.  

Working with a local agency, Maximo Nivel, the SNA team assessed and treated children in day care centers and the elderly in a nursing home. The students were able to use numerous skills such as vision screening, developmental screening, taking vital signs, assessing oral health, assessing hearts and lungs, wound care, dressing changes, inserting nasogastric tubes and doing extensive client education.  

"The students were able to experience firsthand, the unique health needs of international underserved populations and contribute in meaningful ways to improving lives,” Critz said. “I am beyond proud of them." 

It was the first time HPU student nurses participated in an international medical mission, and the hope is to make the experience an annual event. SNA faculty advisor and Lecturer of Nursing Jennifer Nafarette and SNA member Justin Balany planned the mission and completed the necessary paperwork to make it happen. The trip was generously sponsored, in part, by the Wallace, Elizabeth, and Isabella Wong Family Foundation.