Service Learning Project At Ferris State University

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Service Learning Synthesis Paper Stacie Valley Ferris State University Abstract A Service Learning project is one of the project requirements to complete the Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree through Ferris State University (FSU). My Service Learning experience was completed at the VA Medical Center (VAMC) in November, 2014. This paper includes details of the facility along with the contact information for the coordinator of the project. A description of my role as a volunteer, critical reflection of my experience, and a synthesis of the Service Learning are also included. Service Learning Project A required section of the Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Ferris State University…show more content…
Lutz VA Medical Center (VAMC) in Saginaw, Michigan. VAMC in Saginaw is a federal hospital servicing the men and women who so proudly served our nation, their services extend out to the Central and Northern thirty-five counties of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. The mission statement for the VAMC is to fulfill President Lincoln 's promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 2014). The Veterans Health Administration is home to the United States’ largest integrated health care system consisting of 150 medical centers, nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliary. Together these health care facilities and the more than 53,000 independent licensed health care practitioners who work within them provide comprehensive care to more than 8.3 million Veterans each year. VHA Medical Centers provide a wide range of services including traditional hospital-based services such as surgery, critical care, mental health, orthopedics, pharmacy, radiology and physical therapy. In addition, most of the medical centers offer additional medical and surgical specialty services including audiology & speech pathology, dermatology, dental, geriatrics, neurology, oncology, podiatry, prosthetics, urology, and vision
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