Volunteering for Nurses in Jamaica
- POSITION: Nurse
- PLACEMENT LOCATION: Mandeville
- REQUIREMENTS: Full qualifications as a nurse, relevant licence, and a temporary license from the Jamaican Medical Association
- ACCOMMODATION: Host family
- LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 2 weeks
- START DATES: Flexible
This professional volunteer medical project helps treat patients in a hospital in Mandeville, Jamaica.
Jamaica suffers from a lack of resources and specialist workers such as nursing. They need volunteers not only to help with the workload but also for extra training.
Here you will find answers to the following questions:
How can volunteer nurses help in Jamaica?
You can use your knowledge and training to help local staff as a volunteer nurse. You can work on tasks such as:
- Helping existing staff to treat patients, including:
- Dressing wounds, monitoring pulse, blood pressure and temperature etc.
- Checking and administering drugs and injections.
- Setting up drips and blood transfusions.
- Coordinating medical outreach programs within nearby towns and villages.
- Observing and assessing the work of local student and junior nurses and teaching them new skills where appropriate.
- Helping with training clinics for Projects Abroad volunteers working with other hospitals (optional).
The Mandeville Regional Hospital (MRH) has a capacity of 164 beds. It offers a variety of specialist treatments and is Mandeville’s main hospital. You will be expected to work at least 5 hours a day from Monday to Friday.
Alternative hospitals and medical clinics are available if you have a specific area of interest that is not offered at MRH.
This project runs all year round. You decide how much time you can spare and we will help you get the most out of it.
What will I gain from this project?
You will gain experience from working with a variety of patients in the developing world. You will be able to share ideas and learn from fellow staff. You may also get to see unusual illnesses and diseases that you may not have encountered before in your home country.
You will spend a lot of time with local nurses and patients. This will teach you about their culture and way of life. They will all want to hear about your life back home and your family and friends. We call this 'cultural exchange" and we think it helps our volunteers gain a new perspective on life.
What will Projects Abroad provide?
We have over 20 years’ experience of running volunteer projects. We provide you with the following support to make sure your time in Jamaica is successful and enjoyable:
- Safe accommodation with a Jamaican family close to your project.
- Friendly and dedicated local staff available to help 24 hours a day.
- A member of staff to meet you at the airport when you arrive.
- Medical and travel insurance.
What skills or qualifications do I need?
You need to be fully qualified as a nurse and have a relevant license to practice in your country of residence.
Volunteers also need to obtain a temporary license from the Jamaican Medical Association in order to treat patients independently. This process normally takes around 3 months.
You can apply for the license before you leave. Our staff in Jamaica will give you full support, including the required forms and how to fill them in.
Please contact us if you think your knowledge may be useful on this project but do not have the required qualifications.
Additional Registration Fees for certified Nurses
To participate in the project, you will be required to register with the local medical council before your arrival. Please note that this requires an extra licensing fee, currently US$50, which is not included in the Projects Abroad program fee.