Why Should a Nursing Student Go on a Medical Mission Trip?
Medical professions students, especially nursing students, often feel a strong desire to not only serve others but to be part of the solution to the global healthcare crisis – more than a billion people do not have reliable access to even basic medical services (source: World Health Organization). If this is YOU, and you are seeking nursing volunteer opportunities, see the “must know” information that follows. More extensive information for global health for nurses is available on the website of Well Child International (WCI).
What is a Medical Mission Trip?
Historically, religious groups were often at the forefront of bringing health care to the underserved, hence the term “missions” is often associated with short term efforts to serve globally. WCI is a non-profit NGO providing global health care service teams to all desiring to help those at risk around the world, regardless of religious persuasion. If you desire a faith-based team experience, please let us know. Providers of global health deliver health care services usually utilize teams of U.S. medical professionals and students, often in tandem with local health professionals to provide free medical/dental services in a defined area for a short period of time, usually one to three weeks.
What’s Different About WCI?
WCI is dedicated to serving the most at-risk segments of global communities including women and children. We provide more extensive and effective help by means of our system by combining in-home visits (assessments) with free clinics in full partnership with local governmental health care agencies. Beware of organizations not using this methodology as U.S. providers are not licensed to practice any form of health care without this essential partnership.
How Can I Afford to do This as a Student?
Many organizations provide various forms of “sponsorship” by means of “group funding”, etc. WCI offers additional and very effective financial assistance by simply offering to reduce or eliminate trip costs by offering a trip credit to volunteers who “bring friends” or help us recruit a team from your school or student health organization.
Can I really Make a Difference as a Student?
WCI is a leader in “best practices” in providing global health. By being trained by our professionals you can be an effective and appropriate part of the key aspect of determining and addressing community health care needs in at-risk communities because the very most important part of making a longterm difference is our WCI commitment and methodology of in-home assessments and education. In the free clinics we offer, you are able to assist with hands-on help in any area in which you have been trained, even if it is a simple as first aid, CPR, or EMT training. Nursing students are able to be very active in hands-on help due to the hands-on nature of nursing school training at all levels. We can’t provide the help we offer without the appropriate use of students—we don’t have a hundred doctors to go house to house but we can get a hundred nursing or other volunteers! Yes, you can and will make a difference with WCI.