Nurses are a huge component of what makes FIMRC's work possible, and so we wanted to celebrate their impact for International Nurses Day! Nurses are employed at many FIMRC sites, supporting both clinical and health education programming. They often run several of the programs on site, and we couldn't keep it together without them! Likewise, nurses (or pre-nursing students) are a large part of our volunteer base that serve at our project sites abroad. Their critical-thinking skills and enthusiasm for connecting with our community members truly benefit our staff in improving the services and programming provided at the site. While the term "nurse" is commonly understood, they often wear many hats no matter where they work. Their efforts do not go unnoticed, and below we've highlighted the differences and similarities between two nurses that work in different corners of our FIMRC world.
Outreach nurse Project Kodaikanal, India
Community nurse Project Restauración, Dominican Republic
What are your primary responsibilities?
Nena: I am a community nurse with FIMRC and help with providing support in the mothers' centers as well as leading the diabetes and hypertension groups.
Seline: I work in the clinic as a nurse, and in the crèches to provide clinical support for the children and health education for the parents and teachers.
What is your favorite part about your role?
Nena: My favorite part is being able to visit the underserved communities that are really far, the opportunity to get to bond with them and share time with the noble and sweet people that live in all of them.
I love FIMRC because it provides medical relief to low income families in far away communities that the government has neglected and forgot because of the same. Nevertheless FIMRC reaches out to them and that is precisely what I love the most from FIMRC.
Seline: I love the fact that we work with patients and community members who work very hard to provide for their families. Our patients know that they can come to FIMRC's clinic, share their problems, and that we're able to provide some relief and support.
I also love the crèches because my daughter was once in a crèche and I understand the importance of making sure the children are well cared for, and that their parents and teachers understand how to provide proper nutrition and health support.
What has been a challenge you've faced as a nurse?
Nena: I would like to develop more knowledge and skills in Information and Communication Technologies to better fill my role as community nurse.
Seline: I always wish there was more time to complete more projects. There are people who are in need in many different aspects and unfortunately we cannot help them in every aspect. It's a difficult reality to accept.
How do you feel you've had an impact on the community?
Nena: I have really identified with my community. The fact that I work as FIMRC´s community nurse has created an image in people´s mind of me as a community leader. People come to me not only for health issues or see me as a nurse but more as someone that will make their concerns vocal in general; in my neighborhood as a mother of a little girl, children and adults come to me for advice or health related recommendations.
Seline: The other doctors in the town know me, and so I'm able to make house calls for people who need additional support. I've also been able to serve with womens' groups that support education in addition to my work with FIMRC.
If you volunteer at Project Restauración or Project Kodaikanal, be sure to thank Nena and Seline for all the hard work they've put in as a part of the FIMRC family! They are clearly dedicated to helping improve their communities, communities with whom we've also formed personal relationships. If you're looking for an opportunity to put your nursing skills to the FIMRC test and work alongside our incredible nurses abroad, check out all our volunteer experiences that would benefit from your service!