Description Internship organization:
The public hospital is part of the governmental health service and provides free healthcare to the people. There is very much need for this, as most people are living below the poverty line. Unfortunately the health service standards are a long way apart from what we are used to in Europe.
Many patients are located in the same room. There is hardly any privacy, sometimes even the bed itself has to be shared. The free healthcare is supposed to also include free medicine, but often essential medicines are not available and the patients have to buy them at a pharmacy.
Many operations cannot be performed because of lack of materials/ instruments. For most operations/ treatments people have to wait too long. Which make the operation/ treatment not as effective. Medical staff working for the public health service get low salaries and have to work hard. Especially the nurses.
Description internship activities:
As an intern at the nursery department there are many possibilities for you. You can choose at which department you would like to work. You can choose between the departments: pediatrics, surgery, intensive care, emergency, neonatal, maternity, orthopedics.
You can help with:
• administration of medicine
• Control, create en follow up care plans for individual patients
• Give basic and technical assistance to patients
• Join relevant meetings
• Collecting data from patients
There is a lack of nurses so you will really be working, of course under supervision of a qualified nurse.
It is not necessary to speak Spanish upon arrival. But you are expected to know the basics before you start your internship. This can be achieved by following a intensive Spanish course, through On-Stage, in Granada. Nobody in the hospital speaks English.