Bailey Gabbard is a nursing student at Chamberlain College of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio.

This past November, I was accepted into the Global Health Education Program through Chamberlain College of Nursing. As part of the program I traveled to India for two weeks to provide nursing care and supplies to hundreds of individuals suffering with Leprosy. Chamberlain partners with Hope for Hanson’s organization which is a nonprofit group that delivers resources to these communities. Hope for Hansen’s has workers in India that provide basic care for people in the Leper colonies when Chamberlain student nurses are not there. I decided India was the best option for me because it was the only country that still struggles with Leprosy and I wanted to help in any way I can, because I know how much they struggle with being accepted in society. There’s few mission nursing trips that travel to India and I wanted to go somewhere where I knew limited amounts of people would travel. Most people would shy away from trying to help someone who they hear has Leprosy, but it never scared me away. I know they need people to care for and love them and I can’t seem to think of a reason I shouldn’t be that person. Some of the supplies we brought included wound dressings, medications, gloves, toothbrushes, bathing soaps, shoes, sunglasses, antibiotic ointment among other things. On the clinic days, we set up stations to provide care to those within the colony. The stations were used for assessments, wound care, pharmacy, and eye glasses. We triaged and diagnosed each patient based on the chief complaint then sent them to the station that would best achieve their individual goal. Once we arrived to the colonies we were greeted with flowers being thrown on us, dancing, and music. We taught the workers that care for the patient’s CPR and various disease processes so they could utilize that knowledge while Chamberlain isn’t there. Humanitarianism is the essence of nursing. Once I began nursing school I realized there was so much more to nursing than caring for your own. India will forever have a piece of my heart and India will forever be a part of me.