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Columbia Nursing's First Global Photo Contest

Students Express Deep Cultural and Clinical Experiences Through the Lens


One of Columbia Nursing’s cornerstones is to understand global health issues not just from a clinical perspective, but from a cultural one as well. Under the direction of the Office of Global Initiatives, the school contributes to improving the world’s health by educating future nurses through global immersion experiences supported by the Global Fellows Fund. These experiences provide the school’s Masters Direct Entry (MDE) students with opportunities to interact with local nurses, patients and their families at 11 sites around the world, enabling them to apply their classroom learning in varied clinical environments for six weeks.


This year, for the first time, Columbia Nursing held a global photo competition, sponsored by the Offices of Global Initiatives and Development & Alumni Relations, to showcase MDE students’ experiences as Global Fellows. The winning photos were judged according to the guidelines of three competition categories: “I am a Columbia Nurse,” an image best representing nursing at the global clinical sites; “Team Photo,” an image best capturing the essence of a site’s country and showing people embracing humanity; and “Active Nursing,” an image evoking the connection of students with the local population.


“Our Global Fellows embark on a journey that shows them different ways of living, different cultures, different healthcare systems, and different practices,” said Jennifer E. Dohrn, DNP, associate professor and director of the Office of Global Initiatives. “These are life-changing experiences, exposing the next generation of nurses to pressing health needs in countries with minimal health resources and elevating their consciousness about healthcare equity, access and quality.”    

The winning photos, along with categories, submitters, location and subjects, are as follows:

Winners by Category
“I Am a Columbia Nurse” (View Image)
Submitter: Alexia Pratt
Location: Ayder Referral Hospital, Mekelle, Ethiopia
Subjects (Bottom to top): Columbia Nursing student Alexia Pratt, local Mekelle staff Million 
“My first IV insertion for a patient with whom I had been working for two weeks. We gained each other's trust, and he allowed me to perform the insertion with the help of Million, an amazing nurse that had been training me on Pediatric Ward A.”
“Team Photo” (View Image)
Submitter: Kyle Durrant
Location: Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, Aksum, Ethiopia
Subjects (Left to right): Columbia Nursing students Nina Waloewandja, Lynn Leveille, Columbia Nursing instructor Mary Moran, Columbia Nursing student Dawn Fitzgerald
“We visited Aksum during the Easter holiday, which is celebrated a week later than it is in the United States. We attended Good Friday services at the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church while we were in the city.”
“Active Nursing” (View Image)
Submitter: Petra Nwosu-Sylvester
Location: St. Anthony’s Hospital, Dzodze, Ghana
Subjects: Columbia Nursing student Petra Nwosu-Sylvester
“This patient needed IV access immediately to receive treatment for bacterial meningitis.”

The following five photos are honorable mentions, along with their submitters, locations and subjects.

Submitter: Tony K. Havens (View Image)
Location: Table Lands in Panchgani, Maharashtra, India 
Subjects (Left to right): Columbia Nursing students Morgan Beams, Ketnie Aristide, Anna Marks
Submitter: Tony K. Havens (View Image)
Location: Bel-Air Hospital in Panchgani, Maharashtra, India 
Subjects (Left to right, Columbia Nursing students with blue scrubs): Anna Marks, Laurel Underwood-Price, Tony Havens
Submitter: Alix Zongrone Carney (View Image)
Location: In front of Ospedale Infantile Regina Margherita in Turin, Italy
Subjects (Left to right): Columbia Nursing student Shr Jan Yan, local professor Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, Columbia Nursing student Jacqueline Muslin, Columbia Nursing instructor Lisa Iannacci-Manasia, Columbia Nursing students Jordan Bathras, Alix Zongrone Carney, Bridget Kratz, Alexandra Sorrentino, and Columbia Nursing staff Erica Diehl
Submitter: Andrea McDade (View Image)
Location: In front of The University Hospital of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica
Subjects (Left to right): Columbia Nursing students Meghan Donaghy, Angela Han, Candice Segree, Andrea McDade
Submitter: Rachel Filter (View Image)
Location: Outside Kamuzu College of Nursing, Lilongwe, Malawi
Subjects (Left to right): Columbia Nursing students Stephanie Huezo, Kamal Nguyen, Angela Daniele, Rachel Filter, Grant Picarillo