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MCPHS–Boston Nursing Students Without Borders on the Importance of Giving Back

  • The members on the executive board of Nursing Students Without Borders (NSWB) at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) understand that volunteer experiences empower students to become better nurses.

    The organization is focused on serving under-privileged communities through health education and by providing needed health resources. And while giving back, they are gaining leadership experience, communication skills, and a solid foundation in teamwork, all skills that are critical in their future careers as nurses.

    “We know that participating in volunteer activities will aid in the growth and development of competencies that will make us strong nurses, including leadership, communication, time-management, confidence, work ethic, and of course, teamwork,” said Sabrina Dunchie, BSN’18, who serves as president of the organization.

    Sabrina, who is originally from Jamaica, has always had an interest in serving different communities. In the past year, she traveled to Morocco on a service trip, and worked to raise funds and awareness about breast, cervical, and pancreatic cancer. “Being able to participate in these activities within different regions of the world has given me a whole new perspective on life,” said Sabrina. She says she wants to empower fellow nursing students to have similar experiences by helping them to get involved with local and international volunteer opportunities.

    That’s where Nursing Students Without Borders comes in. With special events, programming, and community outreach planned for the academic year, the group is focused on making an impact in the lives of patients and community members.

    Adriana Costa BSN ’19 hopes to one day become a nurse practitioner specific to the geriatric population in the Boston area, and was originally inspired to join the group for the sense of community.

    “I joined NSWB because I wanted to be part of a club with other nursing students, so that we can struggle, but ultimately succeed, together,” said Adriana Costa, BSN ’19, who serves as secretary to the organization. “Being on the NSWB Executive Board gives me the voice to inspire others and the chance to help make a difference within different communities, even if that just means making someone smile. My goal for NSWB is to spark an interest in others by expanding volunteer opportunities.”

    Rene Particelli, BSN ’18, is focused on providing the best possible care to children and patients. Currently serving as a clinical assistant in the NICU at Beverly Hospital, she hopes to gain experience in intensive care units, with the goal of working in a Level 3 NICU. A passionate volunteer in the pediatric and special care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, she hopes to grow the organization by empowering fellow nursing students to get involved.

    That commitment to community is something Nicole Lester BSN ’18 is also passionate about. As Student Government Association (SGA) representative for the organization, she is responsible for representing the organization’s goals and mission.

    “Joining NSWB is a great way for me to get more involved and serve my community through the field that I love,” said Nicole. “This year, my goal is to spread awareness about the great things we are able to do within our community.”

    Along with Haleigh Doane BSN ’19 and Savana Heaps-Ricciuti BSN ’19, who serve as vice president and treasurer respectively, the executive board is looking to the future, ready to make an impact and gain hands-on experience along the way.

    The School of Nursing at MCPHS offers undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs designed to elevate the next generation of nursing leaders.