Volunteering at Home and Abroad: The Essential Guide for Nurses

Volunteering your time and talents to those in need can be a rewarding experience. Knowing that your efforts could improve the life of one person – or even the lives of a family or an entire community – can inspire you to reach out beyond your comfort zone.

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Volunteering your time and talents to those in need can be a rewarding experience. Knowing that your efforts could improve the life of one person – or even the lives of a family or an entire community – can inspire you to reach out beyond your comfort zone.

But how do you get started? This book serves as an excellent resource for finding a volunteer organization and selecting a program that is a good fit with your personal goals.

Once you’ve embarked on your journey, how do you make the most of your experience? Do you know what cultural practices to take into consideration while providing care? How will you keep safe and healthy?

Volunteering at Home and Abroad: The Essential Guide for Nurses helps you answer these critical questions and more. Authors Jeanne Leffers, PhD, RN, and Julia Plotnick, MPH, RN, FAAN, have volunteered extensively in both the United States and abroad and draw on their experiences to bring you this crucial roadmap for designing the best volunteer experience possible.

About the Author

Jeanne Leffers, PhD, RN, is a nurse educator with more than 25 years of experience and is currently a faculty member of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She has volunteered in many settings in the U.S. as well as the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Uganda, and Haiti. She has also led nursing students to Honduras, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.

Julia Plotnick, MPH, RN, FAAN, served 23 years in the United States Public Health Service, including positions as assistant surgeon general and chief nurse from 1992-96.She routinely traveled abroad throughout Eastern Europe and Africa following natural and man-made disasters to help governments and local providers re-establish health services. She is currently chair of the Health Volunteers Overseas board of directors.