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SoN Faculty and Students Benefit from Local AIDS Exhibit

Elease Peterson, Dr. Paulina Van, and Ellyse PowerTo help nursing students develop a meaningful understanding of what it means to live and care for people who are affected by AIDS and HIV, Paulina Van, Ph.D., BSN, MSN, assistant professor at the School of Nursing, took a dozen students in the Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) program to the African American Museum and Library, in Oakland.  Many of the students had just completed their last day of synthesis. 

The December fieldtrip was to give the nursing students an up-close and personal 'access to life' of the fight against AIDS.  The photographic exhibit is part of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria project.  The photos document the impact of antiretroviral treatment on the lives of people living with HIV around the world.

According to BSN student Elease Peterson, the powerful exhibit of photography covering AIDS was not only meaningful to her as a future healthcare provider, but as a citizen of the world.  "As graduates of Samuel Merritt University we will now be embarking on new adventures with our free time outside of work.  Attending this museum was a gentle reminder of the importance of becoming knowledgeable on several aspects of healthcare and of the concerns of our world. "

The exhibit captures the complex changes that take place when people who are faced with death suddenly get a new chance at life.  Some of the photographs were taken of individuals and families living South Africa, Vietnam, Peru, Switzerland, and Russia.  The exhibition will be at the museum until February 27, 2010.

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