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Nursing and Medical Missions

Nurses on medical mission in Haiti

The medical needs of the people in the Dominican Republic, Kenya and Haiti are tremendous, especially in slums and rural areas. Medical care we take for granted—like access to care or basic medications like antibiotics—are luxuries for so many.

 

Nursing and medical trip objectives

Foundation for Peace partners with nurses, physicians, allied health care professionals (e.g. physical and occupational therapists), audiologists, psychologists and students in these disciplines from a variety of practice settings, hospitals, universities and professional organizations. They deliver much needed care through medical clinics, home visits, and educational programs.

Our nursing and healthcare teams work with local volunteer physicians and specialists to provide assistance, facilitate referrals and provide follow-up as needed. FFP medical teams bring donated medicines and vitamins, and their trip fees are used to purchase additional medicines for common diseases seen such as bacterial and parasitic infections.

FFP encourages nursing and medical teams to serve through their strengths and specialties in order to best meet the needs of local communities. We welcome new outreach ideas!

What does a medical trip look like?

A typical medical/nursing mission trip includes medical and community outreach, relationship-building and working hand in hand with men, women and children in local communities. Medical teams typically see 600 to 1,000 patients a day, usually in rural communities.

In-country costs:

  •  $105 per day for the DR, including arrival and departure days
  • $115 per day for Haiti, including arrival and departure days.
  • These fees include lodging, in-country transportation, translators, supplemental medicines, meals and security. Airfare is additional. Many nursing trips also provide contact hours.

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Here’s how one nurse answers the question, “What’s it like to join an FFP medical mission trip?”

 

I have many answers, but one word sums it up,  “JOY!”
  • Joy in serving without any strings attached.
  • Joy in putting all my nursing training to use.
  • Joy in the children’s faces when they receive a crayon or school kit.
  • Joy in getting a hug from a child just because you’re there to help.
  • Joy in receiving a blessing from a grandmother who brought her grandchild to you for medical treatment.
  • Joy in working hard during three clinic days and seeing over 3,000 people, then falling into bed exhausted but excited to do it again the next day.
  • Joy in working with a team dedicated to the same result … and going from strangers to colleagues in just a few hours.
  • Joy in making lasting friendships with people from another culture.
  • Joy in being served by the very people we went to serve, and experiencing their incredible generosity.
  • Joy in knowing this experience changed my life … and I can’t wait to do it again!

— Karen, BSN,RN
Jersey City Medical Center


Will you join us?

We invite any medical professional—nurses, doctors, therapists, students—to come serve with us. We have existing partnerships with many communities in the Dominican Republic, Kenya and Haiti and will team you with the community best suited to your group’s skills, interests and needs.

Current medical partners include:

    • College of St. Elizabeth Nursing Program (Morristown, NJ)
    • Everett Community College Nursing Program (Everett, WA)
    • Hearing Aid for Latin America, Inc. (Houston, TX)
    • Mount Saint Mary’s College Division of Nursing (Newburgh, NY)
    • New Jersey City University Nursing Department (Jersey City, NJ)
    • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing – District 14 (NY)
    • University of Memphis School of Communication Sciences and Disorders (Memphis, TN)
    • University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Philadelphia, PA)
    • Rutgers University School of Nursing (Newark. NJ)
    • Wagner College, Evelyn L. Spiro School of Nursing (Staten Island, NY)

Need more information or want to sign up?

If you’re interested in organizing or joining a trip, or have questions, contact Kenneth W. Culver, MD, President, Foundation for Peace.

Or contact one of the following experienced leaders of FFP medical mission trips with questions regarding curriculum, logistics, patient care activities and health education initiatives: