Student Nurse experience medical volunteering in Kenya with MedTreks
Nabha Gold, a nursing student at Southern Oregon University OHSU Nursing program describes her experience in Kenya with MedTreks
“Your vision of where or what you want to be is the greatest asset you have. Without having a goal it’s difficult to score.” – Paul Arden
One of MedTreks’s commitments is to strengthen and build capacity for healthcare professionals around the world, and this includes healthcare professionals in training such as nursing students. Many students in nursing school feel overwhelmed by the stressful academics and long clinical days. Taking the opportunity to travel and do medical work abroad for a short time on a break during nursing school is a perfect opportunity to gain perspective and perhaps renew a sense of purpose for the nursing career. Working abroad helps to shed light on the various career opportunities in the nursing field including community health nursing, global health nursing, nurse educator, nursing instructor, and nursing administration.
This past July, Nabha Gold was a nursing student who joined our MedTreks team. She had worked hard to become a Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) instructor and then helped to organize sponsorship for the HBB training in Kenya. Starting on day one, Nabha had a huge smile on her face and was immediately ready to help. As part of the MedTreks program, she was a key trainer in helping to certify some of the local Kenyan nurses to be instructors of the HBB course, that way they can continue on providing training to the healthcare professionals in their community.
Nabha shares her experience in Kenya with MedTreks, working with the Village HopeCore Team: “As a nursing student interested in public health/global health, underserved populations, and direct patient care, Village HopeCore was a perfect volunteer experience for me. The exemplary staff led in teaching the foundational education which included understanding microfinance businesses, observing community health education, viewing clean water/hand washing initiatives, visiting the teen center, and lectures on healthcare in the Kenyan village, Africa, and global health impacts. I gained a comprehensive grasp on where HopeCore had grown from, how they are working to best serve the community and their importance as a sustainability model for healthcare in developing nations. The clinical experience gave a practical perspective of rural healthcare. As medical volunteers, we were paired with excellent HopeCore nurses, teams seeing 15-70 patients a day.”
We were so happy to have Nabha join us on this journey and looking forward to having her return in the future to help to provide refresher training’s in Helping Babies Breathe.
Nabha and Okumu performing growth monitoring at one of the Sunday Child Maternal Health clinics.