ISL the largest and oldest independent provider of field clinical experiences for nurses and nursing students.  See teams schedule for a complete list of teams available. Financial aid is available through our Good Samaritan Missions Sponsorship Program

On our schedule nurses and students should note the following opportunities:

  1. Nursing practice is integrated into all of our General Medical, Well Child International, and Women’s Health International teams.  Nursing and pre-nursing students will find  all of the above teams  to be extremely rewarding in hands-on nursing experience
  2. Teams listed on the schedule as “Nursing” have more intensive field training and medical orientation as well as additional seminars which assume more some degree of nursing training. If you desire hospital time and experience, you must request such when you apply and you will be notified of current programs with hospital experience. This program is an ideal project for a team of nurses from the same school and special program dates can be arranged for 6 or more students/nurses as a team.

Depending on whether or not you request hospital time and your year in nursing school, medical activities may include:

  • community health work in surrounding poor neighborhoods (accompanied) as a part of an ISL community triage team
  • accompanying hospital nursing faculty and receiving hands on training
  • learning and assisting with vital signs
  • learning and assisting with patient interviews/intake at village triage clinics
  • observing labor and delivery duty (supervised)
  • assisting with administrative procedures
  • supervised rotation in any hospital area of interest
  • monitoring and caring for diabetic patients
  • supervised rotation in any hospital area of interest
  • assisting with vaccinations
  • assisting with pap smears
  • antiparasitic screenings and treatments
  • assist or observe blood and urine testing
  • educational presentations to community
  • observing surgeries, including C-sections (if team work includes hospital time)
  • basic pharmacology training and assisting with pharmacy at clinics
  • natural medicines seminar
  • tropical disease training (malaria, dengue, etc.)
  • basic training for anamnesis
  • assist or observe emergency room duty
  • basic pediatric ear/eye/nose/throat exam
  • basic women’s health – diagnosing/treating vaginal infection, occasional fetal monitoring/observation of births
  • environmental medical surveying
  • practice and history of indigenous medical techniques and medicines
  • primer in medical Spanish/Swahili (depending on location)

The following factors should help you determine your level of participation:

  • The patient must agree to have you participate in their care.
  • Your field clinic supervisor can help you evaluate your capabilities.
  • The policies of the local Health Ministry or supervising school/hospital must be followed.
  • You can evaluate your own capabilities based on previous experience and training.  You may choose not to participate in any aspect of patient care.

Students can and should be a vital part of the provision of health services for the millions who do without – but remember:  this experience is not about you.  It is about serving the underserved, while respecting their rights!

Preparation and Orientation Seminars (in addition to training activities listed above)

  • Issues and ethics in international health care
  • Comparison of the health  care delivery systems of the host country to those in the U.S., Canada, and Europe
  • Importance of community education and public health
  • Review of standard safety precautions and waste materials disposal
  • Basic medical Spanish/Swahili, depending on location

Other ISL Services and Provisions Included in Your Trip Cost

  • The services of a professional team manager in the U.S., who will be in constant communication with you, preparing you for your adventure
  • Professional itinerary planning in the country you will be serving
  • Direct supervision by a medical health professional at all times when assisting with care to patients
  • Safe and reliable transportation (including airport pick up and drop off)
  • All lodging
  • An average of two meals a day (for example, you may have all meals provided one day and only one on another day – you will receive a meal schedule)
  • Project evaluation and coordination
  • 24 hour emergency assistance
  • All equipment, materials and supplies for dental projects (unless otherwise indicated)
  • Professional bilingual medical staff
  • Professional bilingual team leader and team assistants
  • Highly qualified translators, as needed – 24 hours a day
  • Recreational activities (depending on country – see destinations); may include:  beach-time, volcano tours, zip lining, shopping, Mayan ruins, hiking, wildlife viewing, river tours, snorkeling, horseback riding, cultural activities, etc.
  • Your own copy of the medical manual and general orientation guide
  • Evening group activities (seminars, debriefing of day’s activities, area cultural activities, local dance lessons, free-time, etc.)
  • Border and customs fees (does NOT include airport departure tax)
  • Entrance fees to national parks, museums, and tourist activities
  • Statement of volunteer service hours or letter of recommendation (offered on a case by case basis)
  • Financial aid available through our Good Samaritan Missions Sponsorship Program
  • Post-service-adventure follow-up and evaluation
  • The confidence, satisfaction, and assurance of success that comes with serving the underserved through ISL!

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