Missions Course

NUR 478 is the Nursing Missions class that puts into practice the Anna Vaughn College of Nursing's Theory for the Whole Person on the mission field. For nine weeks, students learn how to assess a culture and the needs that culture has-- physically, mentally and spiritually. Students then use the information they have learned to plan an intervention within that culture.

Students that take NUR 478 for a full three credits are then able to take their interventional plan and implement it while on a medical mission trip over Spring Break. The students generally do some type of community teaching project to better the health of a selected community. The mission trip takes the students to the state of Ouaxaca in Mexico to the Roca Blanca Mission Base established by Victory's Latin American Outreach. Roca Blanca is a mission base on the Pacific coast of Mexico that is home to a Bible School, a Music and Worship School, a Trade School and Corban Clinic, a health care clinic that provides for the medical needs of the local community and serves as an outreach tool to meet the needs of indigenous peoples within the southern mountains of Mexico. Through the doors that are opened to medical outreaches, in which the students participate while there, churches are planted and pastored by graduates of the Bible School and the Music and Worship School.

Corban Clinic is run by Laura Pratt-Nelson, a full-time missionary who started the clinic and has been part of the work at Roca Blanca since 1991. Laura graduated from the Master's program here at the Anna Vaughn College of Nursing back in 1988 and then went on to complete her training at Victory's College of Missions. Students that participate in the Spring Break mission trip experience get the privilege of working with Laura and her excellent staff at the Corban Clinic as well as American physicians and nurses that visit and work with her regularly.

The Nursing Missions course has been an integral part of the nursing curriculum for many years and is just one course of the many students take through the Nursing program that carries out the mission and vision,not only of the nursing school, but also of Oral Roberts University to go into every man's world.