Be the change you want to see in the world. ~ Ghandi

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Final Scholarship Award for 2011

     One Nurse is proud to announce our 15th Scholarship award for 2011, Kayla Lee, RN, BSN, BA, CCRN. Kayla will be leaving for Chocola, Guatemala with Refuge International at the end of the week.  In Kayla's words....
     "I’ve been a registered nurse for over 12 years now in the intensive care unit setting.  I’ll be attending my first medical missions trip ever at the end of October 2011 to Guatemala.  It’s been something I’ve been talking about doing for a while and now will be putting words to action.  I’m way overdue - it’s time to live beyond myself and to step outside of my plush American lifestyle.  Though it sounds selfish, I hope to gain more out of this experience than the people I’ll be serving."
     Everyone at One Nurse wishes Kayla well and looks forward to hearing all about her experience when she returns.

Kayla Lee, RN, BSN, BA, CCRN received a BA in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego and her BSN at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. she has worked in the  Medical Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA since 2007..

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


One Nurse board member, Kristi Whiton recently participated as an Ambassador for a People to People program to China. Her her own words, Kristi talks about her experience:

"After receiving a Emergency Nursing Associations invitation for an Emergency and Trauma Nursing People to People Ambassadors Program in the mail, traveling to China seemed like an adventure and education all at the same time. I talked my mother Linda Lemberg Ross RN, MSN into traveling with me, as she is also a former Emergency Nurse and currently a nursing instructor at a local community college. After many months of preparation, visa's and other necessary paperwork for the People to People Ambassador's Program- we were finally ready to leave September 3rd, 2011.

Our trip started us in Seattle, WA through San Francisco to our first stop in Beijing, China. We would be traveling from September 3rd until September 15th, 2011. Our travel partners included Emergency nurses from around the nation, several RN's from California, New York, Massachusetts,Virgina, Texas, and Montana. Our delegation leader was William Briggs, RN 2009 Emergency Nurse's Association past-president.

In Beijing we experienced both the cultural and nursing aspects of Chinese people. We spent time with pre-hospital personnel, Emergency Nurses, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chinese Nurse's Association and the Chinese Medical Association. We toured the pre-hospital training and main ambulance center, and Peking's University's People's Hospital.

Our cultural days in Beijing were spent visiting Tienanmen square, Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China. Our eating experiences were traditional Chinese delicatessens. We enjoyed local restaurants, such as the famous Peking Duck Restaurant Da Dong and some of the nurse's ventured as far as trying fried scorpion's!

Our second stop was a short 3 hour flight to the south, to a smaller city of Guiyang. This city was considered more rural, with about 4 million people inhabiting the city center. Most of the Chinese people had never seen many tourists visit this city, so our arrival prompted many pictures from the local teenage girls and stares from the older Chinese people.

Our trip incorporated a venture to the Guiyang Medical University, and one of the local vocational schools farther outside of the central city of Guiyang. The trips to the university and vocational school were the highlight of the trip. Learning about their educational system, visiting their school rooms, and their laboratory's were fascinating. The welcome we received from the student nurses was unbelievable. At the vocational school, the school was set high in the mountains, about an hour and half away from Guiyang. It was a a very remote and peaceful setting. One of our highlights was when the entire nursing school of students (200-300) nurse's were screaming and yelling in delight when our bus pulled up to the front gate. The student nurse's who guided us through their campus were dressed in their white uniform's and white caps, the reception was overwhelming.

One of the benefits of the People to People Ambassadors trip is the option to extend your trip to visit other cities of China. My mother and I decided to extend and our visit included Xi'an and Kunming. These last 4 days were cultural days only, and we spent a majority of the time visiting cultural wonders such as the Terracota Army, City Wall of Xi'an, and Giant Wild Goose Pagoda. The first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang ordered the construction of the Terracotta Army and his mausoleum is just to the east of Xi'an almost immediately after his ascension to the throne. The City Wall of Xi'an was constructed in the 14th century, and the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda is over 1000 years old. All of these sites were absolutely breathtaking and spectacular to visit.

In Kunming, my mother went solo (with the rest of the group) to visit this city. Being 6 1/2 months pregnant, I decided to take a day of rest and fly back to Beijing to wait for the rest of the group to return to Beijing and then prepare for our flight back to the states. One of the major sites they visited was the Kunming Stone Forest. The day was hot and the sites were unbelievable. The tall rocks seem to protrude from the ground in a similar way that stalagmites do in caves, many of them appear like petrified trees, which creates the illusion of a forest made of stone."

Kristi Whiton, ONAAT Board Member


Wednesday, October 5, 2011


International Surgical Health Initiative (ISHI) is looking for one or two CRNAs interested in joining a two week surgical mission to Sierra Leone. The mission has one attending anesthesiologist who will need the help of at least one CRNA to help with the surgical cases.

ISHI requires that you have an interest in surgical humanitarian mission; at least one year of clinical experience; a CRNA license; and can commit to the two week medical/surgical mission.

Volunteers will be responsible for their own airfare and some accommodation costs. The cost of transportation inside Sierra Leone, as well as lodging and food, as soon as you get to Kabala, are covered by ISHI.

Any CRNA interested in applying please contact : Ziad Sifri at: or   For more information please see ISHI’s website at

Monday, October 3, 2011

Hearts in Motion in Guatemala – A First, but Definitely Not Last, Medical Mission Abroad

When Becky Elder, FNP, read her Nov/Dec 2010 copy of NP World News she was elated. There on the front page, in bold type, were the words: “Healing Beyond Borders – One Nurse at a Time.” It was exactly what she wanted to do! Participating in a medical mission had always been a long term goal. She knew deep inside of that this was something she was meant to do. The article was about the organization, One Nurse At A Time (ONAAT) that recognizes how expensive it can be to volunteer and supports nurses and nurse practitioners who do. Becky contacted ONAAT; became the first ONAAT scholarship recipient for 2011; and completed her first, though definitely not last, medical mission in January of this year.....

Read Becky's story of her experiences in Guatemala working with Hearts in Motion in the most recent edition of NP WORLD NEWS. (Sept/Oct 2011)   One Nurse At A time has awarded thirteen $1,000 scholarships in 2011 to nurses and nurse practitioners who volunteered their time and talents abroad. For informations and applications see our website

Becky Elder, FNP, is a family nurse practitioner  at St. Luke’s Travel Medicine in Boise, Idaho.  She is married and has four boys.  She enjoys biking, hiking, and watching her boys play sports and is always up for a new adventure. Becky served on a Medical Mission  with the organization Hearts in Motions in Guatemala from January 7th -16, 2011.