School of Nursing



March 15-22, 2014

To explore the culture, socio-economic, healthcare issues, as well as provide care for the Native American through an experiential process and partnering with established healthcare programs offered locally for the Hopi and Diné/Navajo Indian tribes of Native Americans.

The Navajo, or Diné, believe they are an extension of Mother Earth and thus are also a part of her beauty. Because of this belief, the Diné treat the land with the greatest respect. Today, the Navajo are striving to sustain a viable economy for an ever-increasing population. And while there is a great focus on retaining and passing on the cultural legacy, there is also a need for community service assistance to continue this utmost part of American life.

An anthropological, environmental component to the tour will also take place in the touring of historical U.S. National Park sites such as the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley the Petrified Dinosaur remains that have also played a major part in the development of the Native American’s culture.

Students must register for the following 1-credit course, which is considered part of the 2014 spring semester, and undergraduate students will only pay additional tuition fees if they are part-time (11 credits or fewer) or go over 17 credits.

Patricia Facquet, Professor of Nursing:
Margaret Silver, Professor of Nursing:


1st Day, Saturday, March 15- To Phoenix and Flagstaff (D)
Departure from JFK on your non-stop flight to Phoenix where you will transfer by coach to Flagstaff. Balance of the day to relax before your welcome dinner.

2nd Day, Sunday, March 16- Tour to the Grand Canyon and continue to Tuba City (B/L/D)
Grand_CanyonAfter breakfast depart for the Grand Canyon. The views are breathtaking to say the least. Our guide will provide an orientation at the Canyon from the lookout area behind the Bright Angel Lodge. Next you will tour the 23-mile tour along the East Rim with stops at Grandview, the Tusayan Ruins and Desert View. At Tusayan Ruins we will take a one-way 1¾ -mile rim walk & to see fossils of a 230 million year old tropical coral reef. At either Grandview, Bright Angel or Desert View, we take out scopes and binoculars to spot the extremely endangered California Condors in this part of the Canyon. Box lunch is served either along the rim of the canyon or at the Anasazi ruins. Then continue to Tuba City where we will be doing our special Nursing program. Overnight in Tuba City.

3rd to 5th Days, Monday, March 17, 18 and 19- In Tuba City (B/L/D)
navajoThese three days will be devoted to the program at the Tuba City Regional Health Care Center (TCRHCC), the Nursing and Navajo Spiritual Education Department and to have a “well rounded Navajo Experience” in the areas of Nursing, Native American Spirituality, typography & geography, living conditions including concentrations on:

  1. Nursing opportunities on the Navajo Reservation / IHS / US Public Health Service
  2. Living conditions of the Navajo & Hopi people’s great contrast in living conditions such as no running water & indoor plumbing in most Navajo dwellings – the use of outhouses
  3. Health disparities among the Navajo people in relation to lack of fresh food sources such as fruits & vegetables
  4. Lack of potable water sources, non-existence crops & agriculture in the Navajo Reservation near Tuba City and the Hopi Reservation near Cameron.

6th Day, Thursday, March 20- In Tuba City – Excursion to Inscription House & Monument Valley (B/L/D)
Today’s program includes the Inscription House with a complete tour of the facility by Nurse Manager Cristos and meeting the staff. monument_valleyThe Inscription House is an Indian Health Service Facility where we will be able to see directly the lack of access of care, disparities in health care facilities that are a problem for Native Americans. After and Q & A session, we will have lunch and then continue to Monument Valley for a tour. This great valley boasts sandstone masterpieces that tower at heights of 400 to 1,000 feet. framed by scenic clouds casting shadows that graciously roam the desert floor. The landscape overwhelms, not just by its beauty but also by its size. The fragile pinnacles of rock are surrounded by miles of mesas and buttes, shrubs, trees and windblown sand, all comprising the magnificent colors of the valley. All of this harmoniously combines to make Monument Valley a truly wondrous experience. Enjoy this beautiful land before we return to Tuba City for dinner and our overnight.

7th Day, Friday, March 21- To Phoenix (B/L/D)
Our morning program will conclude at the Tuba City Regional Health Care Center (TCRHCC). The it’s south to Phoenix and our accommodations at the Radisson Phoenix Airport hotel where we will have time to relax by the pool before our farewell dinner.

8th Day, Saturday March 22- To JFK (B)
Transfer to the Airport for our non-stop flight to JFK and arrival in the evening.

Tour Portion will include:

  • Roundtrip air transportation from JFK to Phoenix
  • 7 night’s accommodations (1 in Flagstaff, 5 in Tuba City, 1 in Phoenix)
  • Breakfast throughout
  • 7 lunches
  • 7 dinners
  • Local transportation
  • Airport transfers
  • Grand Canyon sightseeing
  • Monument Valley sightseeing
  • All currently applicable entrances for sightseeing

Hotels or similar:

  • Flagstaff- Little America Hotel
  • Tuba City- Quality Inn
  • Phoenix-Radisson Phoenix Airport Hotel

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