Wednesday, July 27, 2011

New Navajo Reservation Cultural Immersion Course!

Nursing Faculty Cindy Dowds and Sharon See are thrilled to announce a new cultural immersion course offered to College of Nursing students.  The Navajo Reservation Cultural Immersion course will be offered to junior and senior nursing students in Spring Semester (pending final administrative approval).  The course will conclude with a week long immersion May 6-12, 2012.



Cindy and Sharon traveled to the 16 million acre Arizona reservation last April in preparation for the course development.  They had an exciting time developing contacts at the Fort Defiance Indian Hospital where students will shadow tenured nurses and interact with the Navajo people.  Some of their activities included meeting a Native Healer, accompanying a nurse on home health visits, and getting to know various members of the Navajo community.  The scenic beauty of the red rock region is breathtaking. Students will be able to fully explore the area by participating in a Navajo led day hike into the beautiful Canyon de Chelly. Students will access remote areas of the canyon that are only accessible with a Navajo guide.


This 3 credit hour elective will be a hybrid course with assigned readings, media and discussion, preparing the student for the trip to the Navajo Reservation. This is the largest Native American Reservation in the US.
Informational sessions will be held at the College of Nursing and will be announced in the near future. Interested students should contact Sharon at ssee@ashland.edu or Cindy at cdowds@ashland.edu.