Intercultural Nursing: A career close to the community
Teaching accompaniment to Students of Intercultural Nursing.
Judith Robleto

In 2015, URACCAN New Guinea opened a bachelor's degree in Intercultural Nursing, one of the emblematic careers of this campus, as it unifies scientific and technical knowledge with traditional ones, in order to offer comprehensive health services.

The "intercultural" component has made our difference from other infirmary and universities. Teacher Sandra Pérez, a nurse by profession and coordinator of that career, explained that, "Since we waited for nursing, we have had two graduations from the senior technician, of which there are 5 working in the Ministry of Health, which for the ministry is of great importance, because it no longer has to train in that field, since our students carry that knowledge and articulate both medicines".

At URACCAN we have identified with the student since the rescue of traditional values. "Our brothers ancestors used traditional medicine and much of these practices have been lost, because in the old days they were treated with traditional medicine and few chronic diseases were seen and that is why we are promoting the use of traditional medicine," said Teacher Perez.

The intercultural nursing student also has knowledge about botany and knows everything about medicinal plants, from their cultivation to the dosage required by a patient, depending on their health condition.

In this sense, the young Ileana Billachica, student of the third year of this career, says that "the Intercultural Nursing offered by our URACCAN is very important, because apart from the basics of nursing, she focuses on our community and opens a door to us, a link to the community, that we can combine traditional knowledge with basic knowledge of health. This infirmary relates us to people and allows us to show them that in their environment there are plants that we can take advantage of to cure."

For her part, Asaila Mora, a young miskita who has traveled from Upper Wanki to fulfill her goal of being a professional in the field of nursing, says that "she comes to learn and help my community, in my community the use of medicinal plants is practiced as well".

From 2015 to date, 146 young people are in our classrooms, studying Intercultural Nursing.