MSN Service & Mission Opportunities
Service learning in the curriculum
UIndy's motto, "Education for Service," is deeply embedded in the entire nursing curriculum. Our programs combine scholarship with service, and you'll find many service learning components in the projects you'll complete in your courses, along with a variety of clinical opportunities available in underserved areas and volunteer clinics. We also offer a Faith Community Nursing course, which prepares nurses to work in faith communities and religious organizations.
Our faculty and students collaborate on a wide variety of service projects each year. While some are part of the curriculum for particular courses, others take volunteers from throughout the school. Examples of regular service projects include:
- Sewing for Service — Each December we line a room with dozens of sewing machines to make blankets for local children's hospitals
- Raising money for local non-profits and service organizations to complete specific projects, such as building a chicken coop
- Serving meals at a homeless shelter
- Providing free school physicals
- Collecting baby items during National Midwifery Week
Health care service learning trips
Our nursing faculty frequently lead or participate in health care mission trips to such countries as Ecuador, Dominican Republic and Belize. During these trips, which are open to both undergraduate and graduate nursing students, teams provide both basic and specialized health care to as many as several hundred people during the course of the trip.
The most recent trip took a dozen students and three faculty members to Loja, Ecuador, for two weeks. While there, the team conducted healthcare clinics in three locations and saw 504 people in a five-day period. In addition, team members led two Friends & Family CPR sessions for local residents.