I just got back from a trip to india and while I was there I got involved with informally helping with peoples medical issues. I LOVED being there, helping, interacting directly with the people, trying to figure out what their ailments were stemming from. This sparked an interests to start looking into becoming a nurse. But I was curious if anyone knew of any alternative nursing schools that have you enrolled in school while simultaneously working in “the fields”, preferably in developing nations helping impoverished or displaced communities. PLEASE if anyone has any sort of information or advice about maybe another direction I should be going in. I know public health was another option. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks 🙂
Usually, students want to focus on their nurse training before they travel, but you could attend a nursing college in exotic locations like Puerto Rico or other US territories. If you have a bachelors degree or are close to completing one, then I would recommend an accelerated second degree course to finish nursing college faster, and then travel to a new place for new grad internships or fellowships that train you in a specialty like ED, NICU or PACU or critical care etc. Nursing college tuition can be completely paid through NROTC if you fit the criteria. Humanity missions with nursing is another path to non-profit, alternative nursing. USS Mercy is another option to provide non-profit travel nursing around the world.
PS The Air Force and Army also provide volunteer humanitarian missions with military nurses.
Peace Corp will also allow experienced nurses to join mission trips.
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