Nurses in the Peace Corps

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Nurses in the Peace Corps
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NURSES


IN TEE PEACE CORPS


Nursing


is assuming an


increasingly important


role


in the world today


As nations


all over


the world develop,


they place


greater and greater


empha-


on training their


own people


to give


good nursing care.


To aid


them in


their programs,


many developing nations


are asking the


Peace Corps


to send


Volunteer nurses.


Peace Corps


Director


Sargent


Shriver


has made a


special


point


encouraging nurses,


both recent


graduates


and experienced nurses,


to help


fulfill


these requests.


Over


500 nurses


have


now


joined


the Peace


Corps


serve


in Africa,


Asia,


the Far


East


and Latin America.


They have


been


teaching in


urban and


rural nursing schools,


working in rural


teaching good health practices


clinics,


in slum areas


making home


and rural


visits


villages,


organizing


in-service


paigns,


education programs


planning and


in hospitals,


executing health


conducting immunization


education programs,


cam-


working and


teaching in


specialty hospitals.


Many more


Volunteer nurses are needed


to continue and


expand


these


programs


and initiate new ones.


Programs


for training and


overseas


assign-


ments


begin


year round.


Two of


the many programs


which will soon


begin


training are


for Turkey and


Colombia.


Because


these


countries


represent


vastly different


cultures and


illustrate


two different


types


of nursing


Medical Skills







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TURKEY


There


are approximately


300 Peace


Corps


Volunteers


in the nation of


Turkey


today.


They are working


in education,


community


development,


social


work,


home


economics,


commercial


education and nursing.


there


remains


so much


to be done.


Turkey


currently


has a ratio


of 6 doctors


every nurse


as compared


to the U.S.


ratio


of 2.3 nurses


every


doctor.


Turkey,


in its current


five-year plan,


placed a


great


emphasis


on nursing


education


this


is where Peace


Corps


Volunteer


nurses


come


If you should


go to Turkey as


a Peace


Corps


Volunteer nurse,


would


be working


under the


direct


supervision


of the


Nursing or Midwifery School's


Director.


would,


as an instructor,


teach


in a


formal


classroom


setting


conduct


demonstrations


on the wards.


would


expect


some


professional


guidance


advice


from


the school's


head


instructress.


would


working primarily with


third and


fourth


year


students


equivalent


to our


high


school juniors


seniors)


upon


graduation


will


be the Turkish


equivalent


of our registered nurses.


would


be lecturing on


basic


nursing


arts


and techniques.


would


also


conduct


follow-up


sess


ions


on the wards


where


will


give


practical


demonstrations.


Nurses


with


public


health


backgrounds


will serve


as instructors


at the


Florence


Nightingale


School


of Nursing


in Istanbul


where


they will


teach at


the university


level.


Public


health,


rather than nursing arts,


will


taught.


The Florence


Nightingale


School


is the only nursing school


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become


nursing


instructors


upon


graduation.


During the


last


three


years,


Peace


Corps


nurses at


work


in Turkish nursing schools


have met with many


frustrations.


Some of the problems


that


they have


faced are:


The hospital's


store


water


small amounts


supply is cut
for daily use.


each


day and


How would you set


can only
a system


for handwashing?


The students


are assigned


to all


the departments


in the hospital


there


are just


two of you


to supervise


them.


When


you are


not on the unit,


many of them just


walk around or


out of the


hospital.


could


you set


an effective


system of


supervision?


The hospital has


0-bed medical


unit and a


30-bed


surgical unit


both


on the


same


floor.


There


are 20 students


assigned


to each


service
arrange


and the nursing


to keep


care


the students


given


is minimal.


busy for eight


How would


hours


a day?


Nurses only want


to give


injections


and relatively


little


care


patients.


How would you go


about


teaching them


the importance


good nursing


care?


On the lighter


side,


will


be in a


country which


is historically


fascinating


--bordered


by the


Black Sea


on the north and


the Mediterranean


on the south


with


dramatic


changes


of scenery and


climate


in between.


Turkish


people,


perhaps


as a result of mixing so many different peoples,


are exceedingly friendly.


During the


three-month


training program


before


you go


to Turkey,


will learn


to communicate


with


the people


in their


language.


In addition,


will spend many hours


on the technical studies


portion


of training which


is designed


to help


each nurse


to utilize


develop


skills


to function


effectively


in the particular nursing program


to which she


will


be assigned.


Peace


Corps


nurses who


have


served in


Turkey and have now returned


after


years


will help


you during training.







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COlOMBIA


There


are presently


community action,


health,


about


Volunteers


agriculture,


in Colombia,


educational


working


television,


education,


arts


and crafts,


cooperative programs.


The high rates


of infant


and maternal mortality,


the short


life


expectancy,


the high


incidence


of communicable


disease


in Colombia


indicate


the need


for increased medical and health


services


and health


education.


The great


lack


of trained medical


personnel


is the greatest


obstacle


in improving


the national health


and,


for this


reason,


the Colombian


Ministry of Health has requested


a group


of Volunteer nurses


to teach


help


train


Colombian


practical nurses


and nurses'


aides


on a departmental


and local


level.


You as


a Peace


Corps


Volunteer


nurse


would


teach


practical nurses


and/or nursing auxiliaries


a nursing


school or


hospital.


Practical


nurses


and nurses'


aides


are scarce,


it is hoped


that many practical


nurses


with one


year of training will help


Colombia decrease


the shortage.


average


course


for practical nurses


lasts


one year.


In exceptional


circumstances,


it may


be extended


to 15 months.


Three months


of the


course


is spent on


classroom


theory.


The remaining nine months


is spent


learning practical


theory,


rotation


through hospital


services,


lectures


demonstrations


daily.


Each


school has


only one


class


per year,


although


the school


year


starts


at different


times


throughout


the country.


existing


training


institutions


located


throughout


country usually teach


an average


of 30


students


per year with


a faculty


one nurse


"director"










Your


would


be very important


to the country


of Colombia.


Not only


will you


be teaching the principles


of clinical nursing and


giving practical


demonstrations,


will


be stimulating


self-improvement


among the


young


trainees


inspiring young women


to undertake


nurse's


training


country where


it is looked


on as a menial


task.


In some places


it is


even


regarded


as a dishonorable


profession,


will help overcome


this


general


attitude.


will


technically


backstop non-professional health


Volunteers


assigned


your


area


lecturing on


such


subjects


as first


and good


pediatric


care


groups


which


they have


organized.


will also


help


them


in immunization


programs,


conducting


in-service


training programs,


standardizing procedures


or establishing


record


systems


in the health


centers.


You will face many difficulties


in the performance


of your


duties--


poorly


equipped hospitals,


inadequately trained


personnel,


criteria


different


profes


from


your own.


sionally and


would have


personally with


your


to be able


co-workers,


to communicate


your


both


patients


people


in your particular area.


During the


three-month


training program prior to departure


for Colombia,


you will learn


to communicate


in Spanish.


will learn


of the major


health


problems


services


and needs


available


in Colombia,


to Colombians,


the structural set


and the social and


up and


cultural


types


factors


of health


which


will affect


your professional role


there.


will


also


given


instruction


on principles

supervision wi


of learning and

th emphasis on


teaching and

adaptation of


principles


these


of ward management


principles


to Colombia.










After


training and


a brief home


leave,


would


to Colombia


assigned


one of the mountainous


areas,


to a


coastal


town,


to the


grassy


plains,


or to


a lush


valley region.


Wherever you are,


will


be needed


the Colombians


will


graciously welcome


you.


governments


of Bolivia,


Brazil,


Chile,


Costa


Rica,


Panama,


Afghanistan,


India have


also


requested


Volunteer nurses


for programs


entering


training this


summer.


It is expected


that


these


other


countries


will need


even more


in the fall.


Depending


on the country,


nurses


will


assigned


to urban nursing


schools,


rural health


centers,


or maternal and


child


centers.


They also


will


teach nutrition and sanitation


on a


local


level.


In all


cases,


it is hoped


that


would


work with a


national


counterpart


some manner,


either


informally


or formally,


be teaching.


Recent


graduates


those


with


further


education


experience


needed.


Peace


Corps


Volunteer Questionnaires


(applications)


can be obtained


at Post


Offices


or by writing:


Peace


Corps,


Washington,


20525.


are
































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