101 Careers in Nursing

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Peace Corps Volunteer
1. Basic description—Peace Corps volunteer nurses are assigned to specific jobs in third world countries. The history of the Peace Corps is the story of tens of thousands of people who have served as volunteers since 1961. Their individual experiences have composed a legacy of service that has become part of American history. There is a 27-month commitment. These health volunteers work in both rural and urban settings where they raise awareness about the need for health education and infrastructures for healthy environments. They work on a variety of health activities in the community, from educating and training in the areas of maternal/child health, basic nutrition, sanitation, oral rehydration therapy, and STDs/AIDS to organizing fund-raisers and community groups to obtain needed health care materials. Volunteers construct wells, tap springs, build latrines, and improve potable water storage facilities and train local leaders to maintain water and sanitation systems and continue health programs after the volunteer departs. They teach in classrooms and model methodologies for teachers in local schools, undertake knowledge, attitude, and practice (KAP) surveys; assist clinics and/or ministerial planning offices in pinpointing health needs; devise educational projects to address prevailing health conditions; assist in the marketing of messages aimed at improving local health practices; carry out epidemiological studies.
2. Educational requirements—RN preparation.
3. Core competencies/skills needed:
Enthusiasm for helping people
An understanding of different cultures
Desire to make a difference in a developing country
Excellent clinical skills
4. Compensation—Stipend.
5. Employment outlook—High
6. Related Web site and professional organization:
Peace Corps: www.peacecorps.gov


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