Nursing Students Without Borders (NSWB) is an organization founded in 1999 that provides nursing students with the opportunity to help underserved communities locally and abroad. In addition, the organization aims to promote health education, donation, awareness, and creating access to health care both nationally and internationally.
Since the organization’s establishment, NSWB has planned several trips within the United States and worldwide to provide exceptional nursing care while expanding our cultural awareness. In the past, the MCPHS Worcester campus’ branch of NSWB has participated in service trips to Ecuador, awareness walks, Destress fest, Camp Sunshine, Red Cross Blood Drive, a donation drive with hotel grace, and many more.
While giving back to the community, the NSWB provides students with leadership experiences, cultural competence, communication skills, teamwork competences which are all skills that are critical for future nurses.
“Service work has always been a great passion of mine. When deciding on applying to the MCPHS nursing program, I was drawn to the ability to give back to the community. In the past, I have had the opportunity to volunteer with Habitat for humanity, Sickle Cell Disease Foundation, Be the match foundation, and Alzheimer’s Association. NSWB provided me with the opportunity to continue to serve the community. Simultaneously, I have developed more empathetic and collaborative skills useful for my future career as a nurse”
-Sandra Donkor, NSWB N3 Past President.
COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on the world. Unquestionably, coronavirus has had a significant effect on NSWB. Since the pandemic started, we have taken several measures to prevent the virus’s spread. As many organizations moved their services online, closed, and limited the number of volunteers, NSWB has adapted to different ways of serving the community. Additionally, we have had to consider not everyone can get online or is comfortable with video calls for educational sessions.
We are excited as we are now back on campus. Our upcoming plans include donating food items to hotel grace, organizing a MCPHS merchandise raffle, and many more. We are looking forward to planning several events on and off-campus and would love to have some new members.
To be a member of NSWB, students must attend two meetings a semester with no membership fees. Emails are usually sent with Zoom links ahead of time by the secretary for general body meetings. We are looking forward to a great semester and giving back to the community. The NSWB also has an Instagram page, @nswb.worcester with frequent updates about the organization. We hope to recruit some new members and look forward to electing new E-board members from the N1-cohort!
If you are interested in learning more about NSWB, please contact Nick Benham at firstname.lastname@example.org