We believe that nurses are not only caring by nature, many of them are born leaders. Many of the qualities that make a great nurse are the same qualities that make great leaders; patience, empathy, ability to direct a crowd, excellent communication skills, and a deep level of caring for the people whose lives they are attempting to change. With that in mind, we want to create opportunities for young nurses to build on their leadership skills, within their profession, their communities and the broader global community.
We want young nurses to realize the importance of mentorship and start the mentoring process early in their career, as both mentor and mentee. We want young nurses to realize they are not alone and that by working together, supporting each other, and by creating connections with others, that unique and effective support systems can be built. We also hope to encourage the more seasoned nurses to advocate for the younger generations and for these seasoned nurses to become effective mentors themselves.
Global Citizenship is an evolving concept. Currently, there is no set definition. One that we like, from IDEAS for global citizenship, ' Global citizenship nurtures personal respect and respect for others, wherever they live. It encourages individuals to think deeply and critically about what is equitable and just, and what will minimize harm to our planet. It is a way of living that recognizes our world is an increasingly complex web of connections and interdependencies. One in which our choices and actions may have repercussions for people and communities locally, nationally or internationally'.
We do not believe in bandaid solutions. Where possible, we want to engage in truly sustainable and citizen-driven change and medical care. Our medical volunteer trips are not focused on 'the west knowing best'. We collaborate and work with our partnering organizations and the local communities within their framework of care. Health promotion and educational needs are discussed and determined by the partnering organizations.