IMR Nursing Staff are essential for the success of our global health clinics. Whether you are an RN, LPN, BSN, or CNA, or you have a particular nursing specialty such as women’s health, pediatrics, geriatrics, wound care, or ICU, our patients need your expertise, skills, and care!
For nurses traveling with IMR, we dedicate our lives to the care of those who come our way, offering a healing touch from our hands and our spirits through the many situations and places that find us at the bedside for those who need us most.
We laugh in the thick of it and cry on our own. We embrace the joy along with the fear and the grief along with birth. We miss the time at the bedside and we long for the days when patient care gave us more time with those to whom we have dedicated our lives.
Come travel with us and go back to the basics! Travel to heal and educate, laugh and touch. Plan on changing lives to fill your well and find out that it was your life that was changed!
“They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”
— Maya Angelou
I can’t find the right words to express how I felt about my first medical mission trip in Haiti. All I know is that they had given me more than what I was able to offer. The kids are so grateful even with a simple hug, touch of a hand, or simply by just playing with them. They love taking pictures and I love their smiles. The things we take for granted are everything to them. I fell in love. The people in Haiti are soo thankful to whatever we could offer no matter how little it may be and I’m very thankful for them for showing me how big their hearts are. Thank you for taking a big piece of my heart. I’ll be back soon.
Mary Elleinne, Haiti
It’s hard to find words to describe such a wonderful trip. It is hard to summarize all that you see and do and the people you meet and help. All you can do is appreciate it in the end. Appreciate the smiles from the patients and the sincere gratitude that they feel towards you for taking the time to help them. Appreciate the smile in a little child as you try and help them feel better. After all, if you can make one sick patient feel like they mattered even for a moment, or if you can make one sick child smile, it makes all the long days and travel to get there worth it.
I can’t believe my time here in Kenya is over! This week has been incredibly life changing. I got to provide medical care for over 1000 people. The people here are nothing but kind and grateful. They truly made my time here amazing. I’ve made so many new friends from all over the U.S. and Kenya. If you’re interested in a medical mission trip, I HIGHLY suggest going with International Medical Relief. I’m already planning my next trip with the team. Kenya you have a piece of my heart and I can’t wait to come back!
NURSE ROLES IN THE CLINIC
Well Care: Assess well and mostly well patients and recommend over-the-counter medications or prescription medications under standing orders. You will work as part of a collaborative care team with physicians, advanced practice providers, and other medical professionals.
Triage: Triage patients to sick or well care based on vital signs and a rapid assessment.
ICU: Administer IV fluids and medications as required in clinic.
Laboratory, injectables, and respiratory therapy: Provide laboratory testing, nebulizer treatments, teach correct use of inhalers and other therapies, reconstitute and administer IV and IM medications.
Wound care: Coverage of the wound care area and treatment of major and minor wounds
Minor procedures: You may be asked to assist other providers in minor procedures in clinic
Sustainable Community Health Education: Education at well-care stations on the prevention of diabetes, hypertension, sexually transmitted infections, family planning, asthma and respiratory diseases, vaginal and urinary tract infections, and new baby care.
Patients also receive group classes in basic hygiene, hydration, sanitation, water purification, wound care, and stretching.
Teaching: All providers on IMR trips are responsible for teaching IMR student volunteers and local health care students. Students work under direct supervision and within their scope of care and comfort level. You may be asked to provide direct supervision to student nurses as required.
WHY A MEDICAL MISSION WITH IMR?
IMR takes care of all the arrangements for our volunteers, including transportation, in-country lodging, meals, ground logistics, and translators. Our number-one priority is that you are comfortable, safe, and secure during the time you spend with us.
Safe and secure working and lodging environments
Once-in-a-lifetime cultural experiences
Hands-on, real-life international humanitarian opportunity
Help with online fundraising to cover trip costs
WHAT IS CLINIC LIKE?
IMR clinics include three basic components: acute medical care, acute dental care, and community health education. Our teams consist of a variety of medical and non-medical volunteers, including medical providers, dentists and dental staff, PAs, NPs, nurses, EMS, non-medical personnel, and an IMR staff clinic director. The make-up of each team is unique and the services we provide to patients are, in part, specialized to meet the expertise within the team.