Emily Scott, RN
I have always felt passionately about working to make the world a better place. In pursuit of that ideal, I was volunteering in Kenya in 2007 after completing a degree in Peace Studies, when I stumbled upon a group of nurses on a medical mission offering mobile clinics in the slums. I was immediately impressed by how desperate the community was for basic healthcare, and by how much of an impact these nurses could have on people’s lives. A few months later I started nursing school, and I have been participating in medical missions ever since. I have spent nearly a year in total serving as a nurse on missions in East and West Africa and Central America, including treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone and a five-month stint at a maternity hospital in Tanzania. When I’m not on medical missions, I also love my day job as a labor and delivery nurse in Seattle.
Working with One Nurse At A Time excites me because I want every nurse to feel how rewarding it is to participate in a humanitarian effort. But humanitarian nursing can be like any other job: It’s hard to get your foot in the door without previous experience. Add to that the stress and uncertainty of practicing in a foreign country with limited resources, and the barriers to setting out on your first mission can seem pretty high. I love breaking down those barriers for nurses who want to make volunteering a part of their career. I get the added benefit of re-living that moment of being “lit up” and finding my passion on my first mission with each new nurse who takes the leap with our support. My most rewarding moments are when first-mission nurses start talking about planning their next trip before the first one is over!Emily@OneNurseAtATime.org