Giving of your time, talents and skills as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist can be both rewarding and daunting. The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists has gathered some important resources to help our members have a successful and healthy volunteering experience.
Robert Buchholz, Jr., CRNA, MSNA is one of the recipients of HVO's 2014 Golden Apple Award for his strong commitment to HVO’s educational mission. Read more about this award on page 6 of HVO's Summer 2014 Newsletter
Kenya Relief Medical Teams Video
- Find out more about the work of this organization and the impact CRNAs and other medical professionals are making on the people of Kenya.
Tocoa, Puerto Lempira, and La Ceiba, Honduras - February 2015 International Health Service
(IHS) is an all volunteer organization that provides medical and dental care to the impoverished people of Honduras. IHS currently has a dire need for several CRNAs to join their surgical team. The assignments are approximately two weeks in duration. View the volunteer application
on IHS’s website and contact firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
Bhutan - January 2015 or March 2015
Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) is looking for CRNAs for a one month assignment in January or March to provide continuing education to anesthesia providers. Volunteers will also help develop and implement a formal two year training program for nurse anesthesia students. For more information, contact Kate Douglass at email@example.com
MIMA Foundation, Inc.
MIMA Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit, non-denominational volunteer organization founded in 1995 by Mary Kay Thomas, CRNA, BS and two local physicians with the goal of providing surgical services to the underserved in developing countries. MIMA has travelled to Bolivia, Guatemala and Peru and has an additional medical program in Uganda. MIMA volunteers have done more than 1200 surgical procedures and have consulted with thousands more. MIMA also invites the host facility to join in surgery and conferences for an exchange of ideas and skills with the goal of the continuation of the program after MIMA leaves. Last year MIMA implemented a CPR program and taught more than 100 health care providers.
MIMA is looking for CRNA volunteers to work in all areas, including pre op, post op, OR and as anesthesia providers. All volunteers are responsible for their portion of the trip, which includes travel, lodging and meals. MIMA provides the medications, supplies and expenses while in the host country.
To learn more about upcoming volunteer opportunities or other ways you can help, visit www.mimafoundation.com
or contact Mary Kay Thomas, CRNA, BSat firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Kenya Relief
Kenya Relief is a non-profit organization, started by Steve James, CRNA, which offers numerous medical and non-medical volunteer opportunities to Kenya. Current opportunities in 2015 for CRNAs include mission trips on the following dates:
- February 26 – March 8 (GYN)
- March 26 – April 5 (General Surgery/ENT)
- May 21 – May 31 (ENT)
- September 24 – October 4 (ENT)
- October 22 – November 1 (ENT)
To learn more about upcoming volunteer opportunities or other ways you can help, visit www.kenyarelief.org or contact Molly Shaw, CRNA at email@example.com.
- Partners in Health
Partners In Health, a global healthcare NGO dedicated to social justice, is seeking experienced CRNAs to volunteer at the organization’s teaching hospital in rural Haiti—Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais.
Volunteers agree to assignments ranging from two weeks to three months, working side-by-side with a Haitian anesthesia team to provide high-quality, safe care for patients across the lifespan during all types of procedures. Qualified candidates will have at least two years of post-graduate experience, are willing to work with Haitian student nurse anesthetists, are able to provide didactic education, and should be motivated to work in a dynamic, challenging environment. French or Haitian Creole preferred, but not required.
Interested individuals should email John C. Welch, CRNA, MSN, the perioperative services coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Smile Network International
Smile Network International is currently looking for CRNA volunteers. Please contact Smile Network International
for more information.
Refuge International is looking for CRNA volunteers for multiple mission trips to Guatemala throughout the year. Please contact Refuge International
for more information.
CRNAs may have many questions regarding the preparation required for embarking on a mission trip. These mission trip FAQs were put together by several CRNAs with extensive mission trip experience to provide insight on how to prepare, what to expect, and where to go for additional information.
Read first hand experiences of CRNAs who have volunteered abroad and in the U.S.
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