IMR nurse volunteers 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 nurse volunteers 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!
What Is Clinic Like for Nurse Volunteers?
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.
Roles for Nurse Volunteers in Clinic
As I sit at the airport waiting for my long journey back home, I can’t help but to reflect upon my mission this past week while fighting back tears.
This week I’ve learned life lessons that can’t be taught.
I've learned that one person truly can make a difference in someone’s life. I've learned that no matter how big or small, an act of kindness goes a long way. I've learned that you can never know the struggle a person is going through unless you take the time to listen and understand. I've learned to withhold judgment, you never know what it’s like in someone else’s shoes. (If they even have them.) I've learned that hugs and smiles are a universal language. I've learned that no matter how bad the day, it could always be a lot worse. I've learned to be grateful and humble.
This week I have held complete strangers in my arms. I’ve been hugged so hard I can feel the love radiating. The smiles I have seen can bring sunshine to any stormy day. This week I have met people so poor, but so rich in love and happiness.
A piece of my heart will always be here in Africa.
We say "see you later" to the many people who have watched over us this week as they changed our lives. We remember the sights and the smells, the sounds and the light. We know we can change the world one kind act at a time and we know we have changed ours forever.
We remember that everyONE matters. We think of the hands we held, the joy we shared, the tears we held back, and the ones we let fall down our cheeks.
Farewell beautiful and wonderful and peaceful South Africa. You will never stand apart from us but will forever be with us.
Join Us in Making a Difference.
Bring much-needed acute medical and dental care to a beautiful, culture-rich destination. You can join an IMR medical mission team today!