I first met Kati during my first ever travel assignment and instantly we just... well we clicked. She was real and honest, she showed me what it meant to really know your worth. We became best friends instantly. Kati has been on a few medical missions and she is definitely a nurse that has been on tour around the world. Kati wanted me to share her most memorable trip to Sierra Leone which in my opinion has to be one of the most amazing things I have had the pleasure of doing.
1. Why did you choose the destination you chose?
The dean of my nursing school works with an organization that travels to Sierra Leone once a year to provide medical supplies to hospitals and clinics . She sent out an email asking the nurses if anyone is interested in joining her. After conducting many interviews I was chosen to embark on this journey that changed my life.
2. What is one new thing you tried or did that you never have before (a food, an experience)?
At the time this was my first medical mission trip. It was my first time working in a foreign hospital using translators and foreign technology. It was difficult at first because even the medications go by different names than what we use in the states.
3.What did you enjoy most?
The company. My professors from nursing school, my class mates, pharmacy students, nursing students and the patients. The patients were so grateful just to spend time with us and listen to us. They even liked watching us work. They were very appreciative and always had a smile on their faces.
4. Top 3 things you would recommend others to bring with them?
1.On any trip you go on it is very important that you get yourself a fanny pack or a small bag that can be kept on your body at all times even while you sleep. It’s the bag where you keep your money, your passport and any other travels documents (in my case it was the yellow fever vaccination papers). This is in the case that if you lose everything you’re traveling with you can still make it back home with just the contents of your fanny pack.
2. Sun block. Anywhere you go you’re going to find yourself spending a lot of time outside because you’re either site seeing or working outside or traveling to a new city.
3.A camera! Or your phone. You absolutely need to document your journey and what better way to do that then to have a camera handy at all times? I like to take a lot short videos because they capture so much more than just a photo.
5. What did you take away from this trip?
During this trip we helped nurses and nursing students implement standard precautions and a clean hospital environment. We also made sharps containers out of old milk cartons for every unit. I learned that change happens very slowly and persistence is the only way to make a difference in anything you do.