Peace Corps - New Grad Nurse

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    I am interested in volunteering for the Peace Corps and am a new grad nurse. For those nurses that have had the privilege to go and serve in other countries what advice would you have for me and how would you describe your experience during and after? I am aware the job market for nurses is competitive and do consider it important to keep up with my skills but nevertheless would love to incorporate both my passion for public service as well as my love for nursing. Join the workforce, god willing, or go straight into the Peace Corps? Would appreciate any feedback Thank you!!!
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Feb 16, '13 : Reason: formatting
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    I have two colleagues that have done the 'volunteer thing' - one with Peace Corps the other one with Doctors Without Borders. Both were highly experienced (Peace Corps - OB & DWB - OR). I don't think that they accept newbies and have no process to accommodate any sort of training period for new grads. Maybe it's different now? You could get your feet wet by volunteering with the Red Cross or maybe your state has an emergency response system? In Tx it's called "Ready Texas Nurses".
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    Hi! I'm also a newly grad and interested in the Peace Corps. My Kaplan instructor had told me that they indeed accept new grads AND train them. I was wondering if you happened to get any more information on the subject?
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    I am in the process of applying to the Peace Corps and so I am reading everything I can find and would appreciate anyone else's thoughts.

    Memol, to answer your question, (I am not a nurse—I am taking pre-reqs to return to school for an ABSN or direct-entry program), but my understanding is that the Peace Corps provides training, but not necessarily training to be a nurse abroad. They will train you to do whatever you are assigned to do—if you are assigned as a health volunteer (which would make sense) you could be doing any number of things and you may not know until you get there. I have heard that nurse Peace Corps volunteers do not feel like their nursing skills are utilized. (This is partly why I am thinking I should do it before nursing school, if I get placed in time).

    The Peace Corps has also started accepting doctors and nurses for the Global Health Service Corps (Global Health | Global Health Service Corps), but they require experience. Check it out if you haven't!


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