“This was truly one of the best experiences I have ever had. I had never traveled out of the country and have never been away from my husband and kids for longer than 3 days so going out of the country away from my family for a week was quite nerve wracking. When we got to the airport, ISL representatives were waiting for us with smiles on their faces. I really appreciated that things were just planned out for us and it didn’t require any planning on my part. I was just told where to go and when to be there and things were taken care of.

It was a very humbling and eye-opening experience to visit families in their homes. They were very friendly and thankful that we were there. Many people remember ISL medical groups from the last time they came into the community so they were open to us being there. I loved the sense of community I saw with everyone just hanging out together and kids running around playing. I loved that even though their living conditions were VERY different than mine, many people found a way to add beauty to their homes by planting flowers or plants where they could.

I loved working in the clinic and working with the doctors. And although I have been a nurse for six years and will soon be a Family Nurse Practitioner, I learned so much from them. The way we practice medicine in the US is VERY different from the way we practiced in the portable clinic in Costa Rica so I learned how to focus more on my actual assessment and medical history rather than labs and tests.

The entire experience opened my eyes and taught me so much about myself and humanity. I am so glad I went and definitely want to go again!”

-Kendra J., Grand Canyon University

About Continuing Education Teams

ISL is approved by the Colorado Nurses Association and accredited by the ANCC to provide a global community nursing course for RNs, allowing them to earn up to 30 continuing education units, and increase their cultural competency, while using their skills to benefit those in developing communities.

Course Title: “Strengthening Cultural Competence in a Global Health Context”

Course Description:

This course provides the opportunity for nurses to explore the impact of local and national health policy on the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

Nurses will participate in health clinic service in developing communities in partnership with local health agencies and be introduced to skills and issues relevant to healthcare professions such as nursing, medicine, social work, counseling, education, and allied health professions. This course is developed to provide a learning experience to strengthen cultural competence through service in an international and ethnically diverse setting, all in the context of providing genuine service to the underserved.

Registered Nurses may complete the “Strengthening Cultural Competence in a Global Health Context” course work and earn 30 Continuing Education Units.

Who is right for CE Teams?

CE teams are specifically designed for Registered Nurses.

What to expect

Upon arrival in-country, you will be met at the airport by ISL staff. Your team’s first day will be busy with orientation, training seminars on medical Spanish and global community nursing, and then the community work begins! Your team will be transported to a developing community to provide acute health care and education, accompanied by interpreters and local, licensed medical professionals.
In the evening, you will engage in collaborative discussion and enjoy some rest and relaxation. You will have the option of eating dinners out, learning a few traditional dances and exploring some important historical/cultural sites.

Recreational opportunities vary by location, but you will have the opportunities to shop for local crafts and explore geographic treasures such as beaches, volcanoes, rainforests, or caves and explore ruins, city centers, or coffee plantations, and have time for activities such as ziplining, snorkeling, or safari!

Volunteer Involvement

Your team will conduct in-home community health surveys in order assess the need for health services. You will invite those in need of acute medical care to a field clinic staffed by local, licensed medical professionals. At the clinic, you will rotate through patient intake, triage, examination, diagnosis, and treatment, and pharmacy stations, and provide public health education.
Registered Nurses are able to work at professional capacity in most locations.

 

Safety and Respect

For the sake of security, ISL volunteers remain together as a team from arrival to departure. Patient rights must be respected at all times; Patients have the right to refuse treatment.

ISL prohibits discrimination on the basis of color, national origin, disability, sex, gender identity, religion or any other factor.

What To Bring

You will need a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, otoscope, scrubs, donations of medications and medical supplies (optional), and funds sufficient to cover one meal per day, premium recreation, personal spending, and departure tax.

What ISL Provides

ISL Provides Global Community Nursing coursework, 24-hour accompaniment by professional, bilingual staff, airport pickup/drop off, all ground transportation, all lodging, two meals per day, drinking water, mentoring by local, licensed medical professionals, medications and supplies, tours, and basic recreation.

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