Philippines: Shalom Nursing Internship Opportunity
Philippines: Shalom Christian Birthing Home Projects
ACTION Children In Crisis
**Note: Interns must be at least 20 years of age and female, unless they are coming with a spouse.**
Q & A with ACTION missionary Pami Ellis
1. What are some ministry tasks that you want the intern to accomplish while serving with you?
Internships at Shalom Christian Birthing Home are tailored to the skill and confidence level of the intern. Because it is a medical facility, competency must be demonstrated prior to clinical participation. Typical interns are third or fourth year nursing or midwifery students or licensed practitioners who are looking for more experience in a cross-cultural setting, while deepening their Christian faith.
Interns may expect to help with vital signs, maternal and fetal assessment during antenatal and intrapartum periods, assisting with births, observing various assessment tools, and accompanying nurses and discipleship leaders during home visits and community Bible studies.
Most of the intern’s time will be spent in direct clinical placement. Tailored experiences, such as home visits and Bible study involvement, will depend entirely on the intern and as opportunities arise. Administrative tasks such as clinical documentation are minimal, but expected as part of maintaining a proper healthcare facility.
2. What are some key lessons from your ministry and walk with the Lord that you want to impart to the interns to help them as they consider their own individual call to missions or vocational ministry?
Shalom is a great place to explore missions in a very supportive environment! Interns are given the opportunity to observe how medical ministry operates and slowly join into the fray as opportunities arise.
3. What would a typical day look like?
There is no such thing as a typical day at Shalom! Because we are a 24/7 facility, interns may be assigned to assist with an antenatal clinic, in the laboratory, on a birth room delivery shift, or conducting house to house visits with a Shalom staff member. Interns are never left alone and are typically assigned to an 8 hour shift, 5 days a week.
4. Please list specific skills an intern may expect to develop by the time the internship is completed.
Interns may expect to solidify skills learned in school, such as antenatal maternal/child assessment, labor & delivery, and well-mother/child assessment in the continued postpartum period. Depending on the intern’s interest, additional skills may be developed, such as performing basic laboratory tests, ultrasound assessment, assistance with births, and neonatal resuscitation.
Aside from medical education, training and experience, ACTION is looking for people with the following qualifications to serve in its Short-term Ministry Program: 1. Personally committed to lifelong obedience and service for the Lord Jesus Christ 2. Must be at least 19 years old with one year of work experience, college, or Bible school 3. A growing, maturing Christian 4. Active in their local church (home or college based) 5. Recommended by their pastor and church 6. Teachable 7. Adaptable to other cultures, environments, changing circumstances, etc. 8. Able to accept difficult circumstances 9. A good sense of humor and not easily discouraged 10. Able to accept others’ leadership styles
Shalom Christian Birthing Home was established by ACTION missionary, Mavis Orton, a retired nurse/midwife from England. Observing the exceptionally high maternal and infant mortality rates in the outskirts of Manila, Mavis opened her home to these at-risk mothers in order to provide a safe and dignified environment for childbirth. Nearby churches work closely with Shalom's staff - resulting in many mothers and their families experiencing spiritual rebirth and becoming active in a local church.
Agnostics, Roman Catholics, nominal Christians, and others who believe a variety of superstitions including a mix between Animism and Catholicism.