Partners In Health


Location: Mirebalais Hospital

Description

Job Title: Emergency Department Nurse Mentor (Volunteer)
Reports to: Nurse Administrator
Location: Mirebalais, Haiti       

Organizational Profile:

Partners In Health (PIH) is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Boston, MA, whose mission is to provide quality health care for the poor and marginalized in Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Dominican Republic, and Navajo Nation. In addition, PIH has a growing network of affiliated organizations and initiatives in several other countries, including Nepal, Burundi, Mali, Liberia, and Togo. Through service delivery, training, advocacy and research, PIH works around the globe to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of it, to serve as an antidote to despair, and inspire others to do the same.

This is an exciting time for PIH. We are taking on immense challenges, and a newfound visibility has brought the opportunity to influence great change on the global stage. PIH seeks individuals committed to the mission and values (see PIH Values) of the organization to join the team.

Founded in 1985, at a small community clinic in Cange, PIH and Zanmi Lasante (ZL, our Haiti-based sister organization) pioneered a community-based model of care, hiring and training thousands of accompagnateurs to prevent illness, monitor needs and deliver quality health care to people living with chronic diseases such as HIV and tuberculosis. In partnership with the Haitian Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP), PIH/ZL has expanded to a total of 12 sites in the Central Plateau and the Lower Artibonite, serving a catchment area of 1.3 million people.

Project Profile:

PIH/ZL and the MSPP will be opening inpatient services at Hôpital Universitaire Mirebalais (HUM) in 2013. Located in the town of Mirebalais, 30 miles north of Port-au-Prince, the 300-bed national teaching hospital represents the biggest reconstruction project in the health sector launched in Haiti since the January 2010 earthquake. A national referral facility and teaching center, HUM was designed and built in response to a direct request from the Haitian government in accordance with the national plan to decentralize access to care and medical education. When the hospital opens, the medical campus, encompassing eleven buildings, will offer a new standard of care and provide high-quality education for the next generation of Haitian medical students, resident physicians, nurses and other clinical staff.

Position Overview:

Post-earthquake Haiti has highlighted the need for improved Emergency Medicine (EM), and the need for EM as a speciality. As a teaching hospital, HUM will provide evidenced based practice in emergency medicine in Haiti. The Emergency Room will consist of 12 beds and 2 critical care beds. HUM seeks Emergency Nurses to work alongside Haitian nursing staff in the early stages of opening the ER to assist in implementing policies and procedures of HUM and ensuring a precedent for the highest possible standards of emergency care. Accompangatures will participate on a volunteer basis for a minimum of 2 weeks. Cost of airfare, food, transport and lodging will be the responsibility of the volunteer unless a commitment of 2 months/year is made.

Specific Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Work alongside HUM EM nursing staff to provide on-the-job mentoring.
  • Model high quality patient care in accordance with established evidenced based nursing practice standards.
  • Identify opportunities for learning and, in collaboration with HUM ED Nurse Manager, Lead Nurse Educator and nursing leadership,  develop supplemental training modules.
  • Maintain mature and effective working relationships with all team members.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills in problem solving, decision making, priority setting, and effective delegation and communication.
  • Utilize resources effectively and appropriately in compliance with HUM’s established procedures.

Qualifications:

  • Active nursing license with a degree from an institution that is fully accredited in its country of origin.
  • Credentialed in Emergency Nursing
  • A personal and professional commitment to the mission and goals of HUM and to supporting the long-term development of Haiti
  • Demonstrated ability for teaching, training and mentorship
  • Effective communication and leadership skills, including the demonstrated ability to work respectfully, productively and with humility.
  • Fluency in French and / or Haitian Creole a plus.




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