I have only begun my nursing career, but have experience in third world countries. When I was 16 I went to Haiti, its the poorest counrty in the western hemisphere. In our mission compound we had a very small clinic and thats were I spent alot of my time. Being 16 not even out of high school yet I was able to assist in surgery, take TB tests, blood pressures and so on and so forth. It was the most amazing experience and of course one of my most cherished.
I was only there for about 13 days, I strongly suggest going on a short mission first to try things out. The people are amazing, they are so HAPPY!!! you wouldn't believe it! Although it was hard for me at the age of 16 to see some of things I saw, seeing pts you know will die even for little infections or crap that they just don't have to treat them there. Alot of unnesecarry deaths. And seeing mostly children you know won't make it. Another kinda weird thing is people would come who weren't even ill, yet we would prescribe vitamins and what not...they just needed to know someone cares.
This is how I developed a need to help people, it was always in me...but when I look back and I remember the friendships I made and my experiences at that clinic. If you have any specific questions I would be happy to answer them...I also have pics of my experiences I could send!
I went with lifeline Christian Missions based out of Ohio, there are only two places they will take people and that is Haiti and Honduras I have been to both although only did some little nursing in Haiti!
theres the website!!