Tomorrow, May 6, is National Nurses Day, and we just couldn't wait to celebrate all of the wonderful nurses we have in our ReSurge community!
We are immensely grateful to all of the volunteer nurses who travel to treat our patients and teach nurses in the countries where we work, and to the nurses who work with our Surgical Outreach Programs day in and day out. To observe this National Nurses Day, we wanted to share the story of one of our nurses, Vickie Van Fechtmann, who has volunteered with ReSurge since 2005.
Vickie began her nursing career about 30 years ago, after earning her undergraduate degree in French. She always knew nursing was a strong interest of hers, and went back to school to pursue what has been a rewarding journey. She’s been working in the recovery room for almost all of the years since then, and has participated in seven volunteer medical trips with ReSurge International.
Vickie, who lives in San Francisco, finds being a nurse immensely rewarding, especially on international trips where ReSurge aims to build medical access in underserved communities and improve the level of care patients there receive.
One of her most touching experiences overseas was in India, where the team met a woman who had walked several hours to the clinic with her infant and young child. She was looking for treatment for the infant, whose nose was badly disfigured from a rat bite.
As Vickie says, “It’s really rewarding to be able to do something for people who don’t have access to some of these basic things like surgery.”
We are thrilled to honor each of our nurses today and in the coming week as the world observes International Nurses Week. Please join us and thank a nurse today!