By Jordan Beach
Now with three cohorts fully engaged as student nurses in Reinhardt University’s Cauble School of Nursing & Health Sciences, its future nurses are already demonstrating a core principle of this program: making the world a better place.
When Calhoun resident George Seddon received the email announcing his acceptance for an Abbie DeLoach Foundation scholarship, he was surprised—he didn’t expect the process of the scholarship application and the sign up to serve with Nurses for Nations to come together so quickly.
Every year, the Abbie DeLoach Foundation awards scholarships to two Georgia residents to spend the summer with Nurses for Nations, an organization that sends doctors, nurses, medical practitioners, dentists and dental hygienists around the world to promote healing and work in communities that require medical assistance.
This summer, Nurses for Nations will send students to Ecuador and Africa. While traveling to Ecuador to spend time with villagers desperately in need of medications and treatments, along with training on simple hygiene and health processes, Seddon believes this experience will further his nursing training.
“The medical mission trip experience will help me to continue developing as a nurse, since I will have the opportunity to observe and implement nursing-related concepts and skills while in Ecuador,” said Seddon.
The Abbie DeLoach Foundation, founded in memory of Abbie DeLoach after losing her life in a car accident in 2015, focuses on education, world missions and nursing. For more information about the Abbie DeLoach Foundation, visit their Facebook page.
“George has always been interested and has a heart for missions and providing healthcare to disadvantaged populations,” said Glynis Blackard, dean of the Cauble School. “I am so pleased that the Abbie DeLoach Foundation has recognized this passion and George has the opportunity to participate in this Nurses for Nations Mission trip in honor of Abbie but most of all in following the healing footprints of Christ.”
Seddon participated in a mission trip to Guatemala in 2017 with Identify, a global mission organization, to host a Vacation Bible School for children in Guatemala City and the surrounding area, and is excited for his upcoming trip as a chance to serve on a team that will work to meet medical and spiritual needs of Ecuadorian communities.
“During this trip, I hope to gain a better understanding of the world while also developing a passion for serving those among us who find themselves in challenging circumstances.”
For more information about Nurses for Nations, visit nursesforthenations.org.