Elise Gettings, ReSurge volunteer since 2002, has been a nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston since 1986. She currently works as a full-time case manager and a part time PACU nurse there. With advanced degrees in nursing, public administration and public health, Elise is well-equipped with a wealth of practical knowledge that has served her well in a wide variety of experiences.
Elise has been on several medical trips with ReSurge International, beginning with a trip to Vietnam in 2002. Looking back on that trip, she says, “It was so rewarding to see the immediate surgical improvement for the child and the pleasure this brought to the parents. Most of the parents of the pediatric patients expressed themselves with a simple touch or expression on their face that conveyed sincere gratitude. The Vietnamese nursing staff spoke very little English but we discovered that we didn’t have to speak the same language to communicate. I felt an overwhelming bond and sense of comradeship as we all worked together in care of our patients.”
Since that first trip, Elise has continued to volunteer her time with ReSurge. She also was deployed to Haiti in 2010 to provide surgical care after the devastating earthquake with the International Medical Surgical Response Team.
Elise is thrilled to go to Bangladesh with ReSurge in October, 2013 on yet another international trip. “To serve as a volunteer and help others less fortune is truly a fulfilling experience, the work is greatly appreciated and it carries its own rewards. You give of yourself and your time but unexpectedly you get back so much more,” says Elise.
Another way Elise is giving back this week is by participating in the Barco's Nightingale's Facebook campaign. For every LIKE on their Facebook page, ReSurge gets $5 to help a child receive surgery.
Our thanks go to you, Elise and all of our volunteers and supporters.