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New Hampshire nursing students spending winter treating the sick in Costa Rica

BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 17:  A doctor and a nurse prepare a patient possibly suffering from the consequences of a heart attack at the Unfallkrankenhaus Berlin (UKB) hospital in Marzahn district on June 17, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. The UKB hospital has among the most modern emergency care services in Germany.  (Photo by Theo Heimann/Getty Images)

BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 17: A doctor and a nurse prepare a patient possibly suffering from the consequences of a heart attack at the Unfallkrankenhaus Berlin (UKB) hospital in Marzahn district on June 17, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. The UKB hospital has among the most modern emergency care services in Germany. (Photo by Theo Heimann/Getty Images)  (2013 Getty Images)

A dozen nursing students at Plymouth State University have spent part of their winter travelling to remote villages in Costa Rica, where they treated patients for chronic conditions like diabetes, emphysema, high blood pressure and others.

The trip was part of the Global Health course, a requirement of the nursing program. The 65 hours of hands-on experience allowed students to apply classroom theory to the practice of nursing in a developing country.

Ann-Marie Cote, clinical assistant professor and trip adviser, said Costa Rica has beautiful beaches and breathtaking scenery and wildlife, but the group spent most of the 10 days there in very run-down sections of the country.

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