Service Learning With the Veterans Administration
When this assignment was given to us, I automatically knew where I wanted to volunteer, and this being at the Veterans Administration. As I already work there and absolutely enjoy taking care of our veterans. In this paper I will address the importance of Service Learning, what will be expected of me when I volunteer for No Veteran Dies Alone Palliative Care Volunteer and other tasks/activities as requested from the multiple services throughout the hospital. I will also express how this Service Learning project will give me the knowledge I need in working toward my goal of achieving my BSN and working as a nurse in general.
Service Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Through service-learning, young people from kindergarteners to college students’ use what they learn in the classroom to solve real-life problems. They not only learn the practical applications of their studies, they become actively contributing citizens and community members through the service they perform (Bratton, 2012).
Service-learning can be applied in a wide variety of settings, including schools, universities, and community-based and faith-based organizations. It can involve a group of students, a classroom or an entire school. Students build character and become active participants as they work with others in their school and community to create service projects in areas such as education, public safety, and the environment. Community members, students, and educators everywhere are discovering that service-learning offers all its participants a chance to take part in the active education of youth while simultaneously addressing the concerns, needs, and hopes of communities (Bratton, 2012).