VACANT:203 - HBO-V / Verpleegkunde
Organisatie: Bejaardenhuis Regio: Granada, Nicaragua
Internship organization
This elderly home is run by nuns and professional workers and has 28 staff members of which one licensed nurse. The nuns take care of the elderly people and the nursing activities. The people who enter the elderly home are extremely poor, have chronic diseases, are abandoned persons or have addiction problems. Often they are referred to the elderly home by the Ministry of Family or the social workers of the hospital. The elderly home accepts all kind of people, no matter background, religion, mental-illness, physically invalid, etc. They have capacity for 60 persons (30 women and 30 men) and they accept only persons aged 65+.
At this moment about 50 elderly people are living at the elderly home. Approximately 90% lives here for free, and approximately 10% contributes with some money from their little pension or their family members support them financially. The elderly home is totally dependent on donations of organizations, because they do not receive support from the government. They have a very small budget and therefore welcome extra hands and help from interns and volunteers.
Activities for interns
You will help with the daily care and nursing activities at the elderly home. In the mornings you will assist with washing and dressing the elderly people, check their blood pressure, give medicines if necessary. On Wednesdays the doctor visits the elderly home and checks the elderly people. You can assist him and the elderly people at these consults. If people are very ill and need to go a health center or hospital, you will help them where possible. Sometimes under supervision of a nun you can also visit the homes of the families’ elderly people.
The elderly people are free to go outside the elderly home to make a walk, visit the supermarket or stay for some days at their family. And daily there are several hours that family can visit the elderly home. You can take a walk with the elderly people, have conversations, help with the activities in which they participate, such as craft classes, bingo or physiotherapy and give them some extra attention.
The head nun has a bachelor degree in nursing and she will be your internship supervisor. There is also room for research assignments if this is an obligatory part of your internship. In coordination with the head nun you can set up your own research assignment and conduct research.
Working hours nurses: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. It is also possible to work more or less.
This internship is a nice option for for example a minro internship on Global Health or Internationalisation.
When you are working a full day you will receive lunch and you can eat with the personnel, but you are also allowed to go home for lunch or bring your lunch with you. No one in this elderly home speaks English, it is required that you speak basic Spanish when starting your internship. If you do not speak Spanish yet you can get the required Spanish level while studying hard during a 4 of 3 week Spanish course in Granada. While working at the elderly home, it is obligatory to wear an ‘uniform’ during work, which consists of: jeans/trousers or skirts from knee length or longer, white doctor’s coat and closed shoes or sandals (no flip flops).
Just to be clear:
On-Stage Latin America provides many internships for all kinds of study programs. Besides the available vacancies on the website, we also offer a wide range of other internships. If you have a specific request, send us an e-mail and we will do our best to help you,

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