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 medicines, 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 makes the operation/ treatment not as effective as possible. Medical staff working for the public health service receives low salaries and they have to work hard. Especially the nurses.
Activities for trainees
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: paediatrics, surgery, intensive care, emergency, neonatal, maternity, orthopaedics.
For example you can help with:
• Wound care
• 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 the supervision of a qualified nurse. Working hours are very variable. The day shifts are 10 hours, the night shifts 14 hours. A regular working week consists of 40 hours a week, it is also possible to work less hours, but your shifts should be the complete 10 or 14 hours each.
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 through an intensive Spanish course arranged by On-Stage. Nobody in the hospital speaks English.
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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