Carr College of Nursing

Health Missions

Mission Opportunities

Nursing is an ideal profession for service to others. In addition to the many clinical opportunities, the nursing curriculum offers numerous stateside and international health care missions clinical opportunities. Since the first graduating class in 1977, nursing students have participated in health care missions as part of the nursing curriculum. Both short term (7-10 days) and long term (4-6 weeks or up to a semester) opportunities are available. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in health care missions as a part of their nursing experiences.

In fall 2007, Harding University in Zambia (HIZ) was begun. This International Programs site has a health missions emphasis and nursing students are encouraged to participate in this semester-long experience. Students may work toward completion of their Health Missions Minor while participating in the HIZ program. This type of experience greatly enhances students’ cultural awareness and provides additional opportunities to follow in the footsteps of the Great Physician. Contact the nursing health missions coordinator for details.

Mission and health mission opportunities abound. NURS 2100, NURS 3050, NURS 3440, NURS 4130, and BMIS 3020 are available to enrich knowledge and skills with missions and health care. See the nursing health missions coordinator for details.  Students are encouraged to consider obtaining a leadership and ministry major or a health missions minor or a bible and ministry minor for Nurses. Details are available in this catalog and can be provided by the director of admissions in the Carr College of Nursing.

Interdisciplinary Missions Course

BMIS 3020, Development Ministry, an interdisciplinary missions course between the Carr College of Nursing and the College of Bible & Ministry, is offered during intersession. This course provides hands-on training in various types of benevolent outreach to the poor, including appropriate technology, water development and sanitation, primary health care, intensive gardening, and livestock management. Students are introduced to theological as well as strategic issues in relief and development. This 12-day intersession course is held at Harding University Tahkodah (HUT) in Floral, Ark., where students experience living in a global village.     

Mission and health mission opportunities abound.  NURS 2100, NURS 3050, NURS 3440, and NURS 4130, and BMIS 3020 are available to enrich knowledge and skills with missions and health care.  See the nursing health missions coordinator for details.  Students are encouraged to consider obtaining a health missions and/or Bible & Ministry minor for Nurses.  Details are available in this catalog and can be provided by the director of admissions in the Carr College of Nursing.

International Missions

Guatemala: In February each year, student nurses spend an intensive week serving in Guatemala, C. America.  They partner with Health Talents International (HTI) and a surgical team of experienced nurses and physicians as they assist in with pre and post-op care.  The headquarters for HTI is located in Searcy, AR, making it convenient for our students to connect and receive additional cultural preparation.  To learn more about HTI, go to www.healthtalents.org.

 

Haiti, West Indies: Since Spring Break of 1992, the Carr College of Nursing (HCCN) students participate in an annual health mission trip to the impoverished island nation of Haiti, West Indies.  The mission initially began as curative health clinics; however; in recent years, the focus of the trip has changed to health promotion and disease prevention using a community health education approach in the homes, schools and communities of the Haitian people.  In addition, health education classes in primary health care and disease prevention are taught to school teachers and men training to be preachers with the vision that they will include health education information in their classes and ministries. To learn more go to haitianchristianfoundation.org.

 

Cambodia: Students have the opportunity to participate in a 4 to 5-week community nursing trip in Cambodia and Thailand.   The nursing group will assist on the Ship of Life, a mobile clinic on the Mekong River of Cambodia. Possible activities include assisting a physician, dentist or nurse in health assessment and treatment of patients, assisting a pharmacist to fill prescriptions, health teaching, and spending time with the patients demonstrating the love of Jesus to adults & children. Students also go into the villages along the river and also do health teaching on topics such as hygiene, prevention of dehydration and malnutrition, dental care, and sanitation.  In addition, students stay with missionaries in Kampot, Cambodia working with them to help promote health and lift up the name of Jesus in the church, schools, and community. Activities include teaching health and Bible lessons and songs in surrounding villages.  Students have an opportunity to attend a cross-cultural service-learning nursing program at a university in Bangkok, Thailand learning about the needs and culture of the Thai people.  Students form relationships with Thai nursing students and faculty, and serve the health needs of rural Thai villages through activities such as health screenings, home health visits, and health promotion.  

Africa/Tanzania: For four to six weeks in the summer, senior nursing students have an opportunity to work and serve in a mission hospital in a rural resource limited region of E. Africa.  They participate in all areas of the hospital: pediatrics, adult, maternity and community nursing.  They have an opportunity to learn about and care for patients with a wide variety of tropical diseases, as well as the delivery of babies and the care of critically ill children.  They gain a better appreciation for how the majority of the world receives their health care and better understand many of the barriers to vulnerable populations.

Tour of the Chimala Mission Hospital by Kyle Vath, one of our graduates.

Domestic Missions

Christian Health Ministry of White County: Harding student nurses and faculty are provided an opportunity on a Sunday afternoon to assist in a Christian health center that serves the medically and economically disadvantaged of this county.

 

Health Wellness Screenings: Local churches invite faculty and students to provide their members and community friends with information for promoting health, preventing disease and screening for heart and cancer risks.

 

"Development Ministries" Class (BMIS 3020): This two-week course is taught at Harding University Tahkodah (HUT), where students live in a simulated Global Village.  Through cross-cultural simulations, the course provides hands-on training in various types of benevolent outreach to the poor, including intensive gardening, livestock management, water development and sanitation, appropriate technology, and primary health care.  Students are also introduced to theological as well as strategic issues in relief and development.  

 

Health Missions Minor: HCCN now offers a health missions minor.  Any of the above mentioned mission trips can qualify to help the student fulfill the requirements for this minor.  For more information, please see the current HU online academic catalog for specific course requirements.

 

Harding University in Zambia International Program: The International Programs have been specially designed to further enhance the stated mission of the university to help students develop a Christian understanding of and respect for other cultures. As an extension of the Searcy campus, these international experiences provide unique opportunities for study and travel overseas for both students and university faculty. The international living experience realized by the quantity and quality of time immersed in another culture yields insights and perspectives that can be gained in no other way. As with our university course offerings on the Searcy campus, the international programs of study provide rigorous, yet flexible courses of study by drawing from each unique international locale the best opportunities for expanded study and growth. Because of these unique experiences, students and university faculty develop lifelong relationships.

 

Harding University International Programs: academic programs based in Florence, Italy (HUF); London, England (HUE); Australasia (HUA); Athens, Greece (HUG); Viña del Mar, Chile (HULA); Paris, France (HIP); and Namwianga Mission, Zambia (HIZ) — provide unique opportunities for study and travel overseas. For every program, a selection of courses that apply to the liberal arts requirements are offered that may be studied in a particular locale.

Other Health Mission Resources

IHCF (International Health Care Foundation) African Christian Hospitals: www.ihcf.net

Tanzania Christian Clinic: www.tanzaniacc.org

Chimala Mission Hospital & Schools:  www.chimalamission.com

Healing Hands International: www.hhi.org

Contact Us

Graduate Nursing Program

501-279-4859

gradnursing@harding.edu

Fax: 501-279-4669

Mailing address:
Harding University
Carr College of Nursing
Box 12265
Searcy, AR 72149-5615