January KILN Seminar
The KILN January 27th meeting was exciting and inspiring. There was some great news-especially regarding the new conference opportunities coming up in the spring and summer including the Global Health Innovations and the National Black Nurses Association conferences. In addition to this announcement, it was motivating to listen to upperclassmen discuss their community health experiences. Seniors are currently working on projects at various organizations such as Casa Myrna, a domestic violence shelter; Italian Home a refuge for troubled teens with behavioral issues; and Laboure Center, an organization that provides homecare for the elderly. Other seniors, such as Morine, discussed their community health experience in Haiti. Over winter break, she went on a service trip with CSON faculty and students to provide basic care to patients in rural settings. She reflected on Haitian culture and the clinical experience. It was particularly interesting to hear about the impact of religions like Voodoo on the Haitians’ life perspective as well as their respect for traditional medicine.
Following these discussions, KILN students wrote questions that were then pooled together and randomly selected to be answered. It allowed upperclassmen to advise underclassmen and share their experiences as Boston College students as well as experiences during clinical. Memorable questions included “What was the most memorable moment in your college career?” and “What are some ways to do service abroad?”
Listening to the upperclassmen give advice to their peers made us foresee into the future – we too will soon join their ranks and hope to become mentors for others as these students have done. All of the seniors are accomplished leaders who will continue to flourish when they become nurses. Being in KILN has allowed us to gain leadership skills and value the importance of camaraderie, thanks to the support and guidance we have received from our mentors. This was yet another motivating meeting after a long winter break that left us wanting to expand our leadership experience and to better ourselves as nursing students.