Personal introductions and trip reports
We would love to hear about you and your projects. Please introduce yourself and let us know what you are up to, most recent trip report, links to your blog posts, or plans for the rest of the year.
Hi all, I’d love to hear what others are up to and to learn about the different experiences and expertise we have in this group. I will kickstart with an intro about myself and upcoming plans. I have been an ER/hospitalist nurse practitioner for about 7 years and was an ER and ICU RN for ~4 years before that. I am also currently in midwifery training. I have had a varied career piecing together locums work the last 10 years or so as I have also volunteered (and occasionally worked) abroad. I was in Haiti in 2010 just after the earthquake and spent nearly a year there with the Project Medishare field hospital and later with TiKay, an org focused on the treatment of patients with TB and HIV. I went back to Haiti numerous times since then in different capacities. In 2014 I moved to Liberia to work on the Ebola response. I took a brief break from Ebola in April 2015 and flew to Nepal to assist with the immediate aftermath of the earthquake there with a small NGO named NYC Medics. I then returned to West Africa. After a brief break back home in the USA, I returned to West Africa again for the first half of 2016. I then joined the HEAL Initiative as a Global Health Fellow based on the Navajo Nation in Arizona and in Mirebalais, Haiti for the rest of 2016 and early 2017. I then had an incredible opportunity to help manage a WHO trauma stabilization point in Mosul, Iraq and spent most of 2017 in Iraq. I also assisted with the initial set up of a trauma stabilization point near Raqqa, Syria in 2018. This year I’ve mostly been back at my base job in the ER on the Navajo Nation but have had the chance to continue some periodic projects to Iraq and some cross border worker in Mexico. I’m returning to Iraq in May and hoping to establish a longer term nursing education project there. I am particularly interested in emergency response in austere locations or conflict zones, pre-hospital trauma/emergency care, infectious disease prevention, and quality management of chronic disease in low resource settings.
I’d love to hear more from others. If anyone has trip reports they’d like to share, please post them here.Reply