ISL’s nursing teams actively participate in health clinic service, in partnership with local community agencies, in an effort provide acute care and public health education to vulnerable populations. Volunteers are introduced to issues relevant to healthcare professions such as nursing, medicine, social work, counseling, education, and allied health professions.

Our nursing program was developed to provide a learning experience that strengthens cultural competency in an ethnically diverse setting, while providing genuine service in developing communities.

Learning Objectives:

1. Identify cultural aspects for caring for a Hispanic/Latino patient.

2. Complete a self-assessment and evaluate the components of cultural competency.

3. Verbalize the various roles of health care providers and resources in a community that impact the individual and community’s health and safety.

4. Define community and the role of a community health nurse.

5. Identify the impact of public health policy on individual and community health and recovery from illness.

6. Verbalize basic phrases to complete a basic health assessment in Spanish.

7. Perform a basic health assessment on a Spanish-speaking patient and provide a hand off report to a physician.

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 nursing?

ISL’s nursing teams are specially designed for nurses and nursing students.

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 and training seminars, and then the community work begins! Your team will conduct in-home community health surveys and provide health services in a field clinic in needy communities.

In the evening, you will participate in seminars, reading assignments, and group discussion. Your team will eat most dinners out in order to relax and experience the local culture and cuisine. You will learn a few traditional dances and explore some important historical/cultural sites.

Recreational options vary by location, but you will have the opportunity 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 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.

Registered nurses are able to work at professional capacity in most locations, while nursing students are able to offer valuable assistance in all aspects of patient care.

What ISL provides:

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

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.

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