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URI FLP - Dominican Republic: RN/BS
El Cercado, San Juan, Dominican Republic; (Outgoing Program)
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Fields of Studies: Nursing Language of Instruction: English
Class Standing: 1. Freshman, 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior, 5. Graduate, 6. Non Traditional
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January 3 - January 15, 2020

The purpose of this program is to provide undergraduate students, along with the RN to BS students, the opportunity to participate in service learning as well as an immersion experience. The students are focusing on public health concerns as they apply to a population and/or community. The main goals are, in collaboration with community agencies and community leaders, to provide healthcare to the local population as well as to teach the local population strategies to promote health and prevent disease in the rural areas surrounding El Cercado, Dominican Republic. The students and I will be traveling with Intercultural Nursing, INC. (INI). This is a not-for-profit charitable organization founded in 1985 by Evelyn Gaudrault. INI provides an opportunity for nurses and other health care professional to spend nine days living and working with the sick and poor in the Dominican Republic. The program is designed to provide a short-term immersion experience into another culture by helping to provide those in need while enjoying the camaraderie of the group of people with whom we share this experience.

The Dominican Republic trip for the undergraduate, along with the RN to BS students, in the College of Nursing (CON) affords these students many learning opportunities that support the mission of the University of Rhode Island and the CON. The mission of the University emphasizes creating a culture of civic responsibility among the students here at the University of Rhode Island. This program to the Dominican Republic exemplifies this mission. The undergraduate students in the CON will be taking part in a program supporting the public health needs of the people living in and around the area of El Cercado. El Cercado is located in the southwest of the Dominican Republic, 20 miles from Haiti. The population is primarily subsistence farmers. The soil is poor due to extreme weather and deforestation. The population of El Cercado depends on the health education and healthcare these students will be providing. Through the patient-nurse interaction this immersion trip offers to our students, the local people of El Cercado will be exposed to methods of caring for themselves through the sustainable healthcare education initiatives taught to them by our students.

The students will learn together through distinctive educational opportunities far beyond the classrooms and clinical experiences in the state of Rhode Island, including supervised client care in a team atmosphere. We have a diverse healthcare team that includes many levels of healthcare professional from many locations. In addition, the resources to provide this care are driven by the Dominican community we serve very near to the Haitian boarder. Since resources are very limited, the students will learn to work within the confines of this impoverished area while at the same time providing quality client care. Perhaps the most profound learning for the students will be the cultural experience and all the distinctive differences they will learn about through their own personal experiences. Students will have the opportunity to live in community with many different people who bring a variety of different perspectives. This in itself gives the student an opportunity to learn about others and, naturally, themselves.



Students will earn 3 URI credits for NUR 390 or NUR 444.

Students will be working in supervised clinics and community settings with the faculty member and other members of the INI healthcare team. The typical day in the clinical setting will begin in the mobile clinics at 8:30 AM. Occasionally, members of the INI healthcare team will make home visits to clients who are unable to visit the clinic. At the end of the day, students will assist in replenishing supplies used in the mobile clinics. All students will maintain a journal documenting their professional and personal growth throughout the clinical experience.

Coursework will be supplemented by cultural activities and excursions, including a trip to Santo Domingo’s historical section at the conclusion of the program.



Students will stay in a double-occupancy dormitory setting with other members of the INI healthcare team. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided.


 Residency   Program Fee  URI Tuition  Total 
 In-State  $2,140  $858             $2,998
 Out-of-State   $2,140  $1,422  $3,562

Program fee includes:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Accommodations
  • Meals
  • In-country transportation
  • Excursions and cultural activities
  • Health insurance

Note: All fees are subject to change.



Patricia Z. Stout, M.S.N. 
(401) 874-5348 -

Laura Lisi
(401) 829-7782 -

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