Founders' Day: Whitney Raffle '13
Traveling overseas has been the most exciting part of Whitney Raffle’s time at UP. Whitney, a senior nursing and Spanish double major, spent a semester of her sophomore year in Granada, Spain, where she gained skills that she believes will help her in the future.
“I feel that I have benefited from this experience in more ways than one,” Whitney said. “My Spanish language abilities improved tremendously, and being a double major, I hope to incorporate these language skills into my work as a nurse in the future.”
Whitney’s presentation at Founders Day will focus on nursing research in India. She and senior nursing students Sarah Olson and Aimee Smith spent time in India interviewing women about how they are empowered to make decisions about healthcare for themselves and their families.
“We hope this qualitative research will help improve the way healthcare professionals approach patient education on medical mission trips by taking culture into account,” Whitney said.
As a Providence Scholar, Whitney will work somewhere in Oregon for Providence Health & Services after graduating in May. She plans to return to school in the next five years to earn a graduate nursing degree. In the more distant future, Whitney hopes to continue international healthcare work and establish a career as a NICU nurse.
Whitney said her education at UP gave her exciting opportunities that prepared her for a future in international work.
“If you would have told me four years ago that I would be traveling halfway across the world and conducting nursing research, I would not have believed you,” Whitney said. “UP creates an environment that fosters learning and increases self-awareness, so that not only does one learn the tools of success, one also discovers their passion and what gives them purpose in life.”