Partners In Health


Location: Mirebalais Hospital

Description

 

Thank you for your interest in working with Partners In Health. We are grateful to benefit from an extended network of volunteer advocates and supporters who not only spread the word about our work, but also cultivate a concerted movement of people and communities dedicated to fighting poverty, social injustices, and health inequities.

Generally PIH does not operate its clinical work within a volunteer system – our teams in ten countries are staffed almost exclusively by local national physicians, nurses, and other clinical and ancillary workers. 

However, nurse volunteer positions can play a critical role in our work when structured around 3 main goals:

  1. To raise the standard of care—most expat clinicians have a skill set that is not available locally (they have done a residency, advanced practice training  or worked in a functioning hospital or another PIH site)— and the SHARING of that experience through direct teaching or role modeling will help to raise the standard of care whether by bringing in new protocols, systems.
  2. To build solidarity with the team—local clinicians feel isolated and have been socialized to fail by constant scarcity of drugs, supplies, diagnostics and by poor working conditions. Seeing that a person from elsewhere is willing to stick with them (kore’y as the Haitians say) is a way to keep people motivated, it is a way of looking at our job so as not to blame the clinician but rather blame the system and work together to get the system to work for the patients
  3. To model a pro-poor and solidarity agenda—respect for patients, direct communication with and learning FROM accompagnateurs, home visits, constant attention to social determinants (even if we can’t fix them)—all of these are important ways to demonstrate a solidarity, minimally hierarchical approach to improve health. Most health professionals in any country aren’t from poor families, so as our clinicians learn to work with, respect and learn from patients and community members they become models for others to break down barriers of class.

With this in mind, we typically find that a long-term commitment of three months or more, along with the relevant language skills and experience, are crucial to integrating medical volunteers at our sites. 

If you feel that your interest, skills, and availability are a fit, please take a moment to complete the form below.  This information will be sent directly to our clinical leads in the field for their review.  A PIH staff-member will be in touch with you directly only if opportunities arise that fit your background and availability.  Thank you again for reaching out to Partners In Health to offer your services.  Our entire team is very grateful for your commitment and interest.

Job Title:           Volunteer Emergency Department Nurse Mentor 

Reports to:         Nurse Administrator

Location:             Mirebalais, Haiti

 

              

Organizational Profile:

Partners In Health (PIH) is an internationally recognized non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. Through service delivery, training, advocacy and research, PIH works to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need. Headquartered in Boston, PIH has sites in Haiti and the Dominican Republic as well as Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Kazakhstan, Boston and the Navajo Nation, where we work to lessen the joint burden of disease and poverty.

 

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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