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Over Coffee With Doctor Z

                 During the summer of the year 2000, I was working on a women’s health project in Kosovo as part of the war recovery effort. One fine day, I had an appointment to meet Dr. Z., the director of a health house. A health house is a large facility

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          “The extraordinary nurses’ stories in Nurses Beyond Borders have the power to ignite a movement of international volunteerism. As a nurse, this book reinforces what I already know: wealthier and more technologically advanced countries have a responsibility to help the undeveloped ones, not only through a sense of charity,

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CHANGING THE WORLD, ONE NURSE AT A TIME

Working abroad – especially with fewer resources than we are accustomed to – has a way of stretching us.  We must adapt our practices to different cultures, languages, lifestyles and approach to health and medical needs.  Our “Best Practices” nursing framework has to be set aside and replaced with a

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BOOK REVIEW — NURSES BEYOND BORDERS

     For a week or two after Port-au-Prince was flattened by the Haiti earthquake, we were glued to the TV while the human drama of recovery from a disaster was played out live, unscripted, made possible by the sophisticated technology of TV and global communication. We saw the recovery crews

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Until Next Year

     Here I sit in my comfortable living room. My children are healthy and well-fed, intelligent and kind. They are well clothed, with shoes that fit and coats that keep them warm….. They have regular access to medical care, getting their dental, medical and eye check-ups yearly. My pets are

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Treating Sexual Violence in Guatemala

ONAAT’s own, Sue Averill, RN leaves on Sunday for Guatemala City to serve as interim Medical Coordinator of a Sexual Violence Program with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières(MSF).  Sexual violence affects thousands of people every year in Guatemala, but, there has been little assistance provided to survivors by the national health care system.

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Healing Beyond Borders – One Nurse At A Time

     Travel and working abroad have a way of stretching us. As our awareness of a wider world and other traditions expands, so does our capacity for compassion and love. As nurses and nurse practitioners , when we experience working in a new and different environment—perhaps with fewer resources than

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Healing the Children in El Salvador

     I was not sure what to expect. The Presbyterian Hospital Main Operating Room is all I have ever known in my nursing career of four years. I knew practices and standards would be different. I knew that there would be a lot of improvising. That was all I knew

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Brown Bag Forum with Student Nurses

One way One Nurse At A Time supports nurses is through community networking opportunities: speaking engagements, public events, publication of articles and by providing a discussion forum for exchange of volunteer and humanitarian nursing experiences.   Sue Averill and Bette Coulter met with the student nurses of Shoreline Community College in Shoreline,

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