Monday, June 27th

Buenas!

We were back in the clinics this morning, and we took a few photos to show you what we have been up to at Centre de Salud de Chitre!

USF Nursing Student Elizabeth Maffett administers medication to a Panamanian resident at the Centre de Salud de Chitre. With the spread of H1N1 in the community, we USF students have administered over 300 immunization shots at this clinic during our visit.

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Nursing students Gianna Constantine and Kathie Longwell pose for a picture with pediatrician Joaquin Chen at the Centre de Salud de Chitre. This young boy came in for a physical assessment. Lucky for him we USF students pay close attention in class!

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Kailey Taylor administers a vaccine to a 2 month old infant. Her technique was smooth and efficient. Patient safety is a huge priority in nursing and Kailey demonstrated excellent nursing skills.

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USF students and faculty get together for a picture with Sally-Beth (center), our clinical instructor while in Panama, at the end of a day full of service to the community. Vaccinations to adults, to adolescents, to infants, physical assessments, and patient education were just a few things we did in the wonderful Centre de Salud de Chitre!

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Today, we also had the chance to visit the area of town where the local artisans live and create their pieces. We met up with Professor Daniel, a history professor at the University of Panama. We started our tour with shopping of course, in a central store. In this store, the local artisans bring their pieces and they are sold in this one central location. From there, we went a few streets back to the homes of the artisans. These artists live and work in the same area, and even have a store on what is typically the front porch. A few of the artists let us come in and see them at work on their new pieces of pottery, and let us see their kilns. The kilns are run by coal, and are large enough to hold several large and small pieces at one time. They take up to four hours to get up to temperature.

After visiting a few homes, we went to a “factory” that produces pottery, and here we met a gentleman (below center) who is famous in this area for his pottery. He has taught many of the local artisans the trade that he learned from his father. He has been making pottery since he was 11 years old. We were able to watch him make three pieces in about 20 minutes, and then he let a few of us give it a try. One thing that I found really interesting is that they do not use electric wheels with pedals; they turn the wheel with their foot using a wooden platform.

Ciao!

Clare and Elvi

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