|[January 02, 2013]
Surgical Nurse Wins Volunteer Trip to Africa from Instruments of Mercy
DENVER --(Business Wire)--
A surgical nurse from Lone Tree, Colo., has won an all-expense paid
opportunity to volunteer onboard the Africa Mercy, a hospital ship that
provides life-changing surgeries for the medically underserved.
Brenna Boespflug, RN, MSN, CNOR, won the scholarship sponsored by the
non-profit organization Instruments
Boespflug, a staff RN at a Denver surgery center, said the trip will be
her first outside the United States and will fulfill a longtime goal.
"Caring for the poor is an essential duty of the medical profession and
something I want to pursue and make a permanent part of my career," she
said. "I am looking forward to gaining a new perspective on how the
world lives and offering my services to those in need," she added. "This
is something I would not be able to do without financial assistance."
Ships is a global charity whose hospital ship, the Africa Mercy,
operates off the coast of West Africa to bring hope and healing to the
forgotten poor. The Africa Mercy is anchored off the coast of Conakry,
Guinea until June, 2013.
"The Africa Mercy has six fully equipped operating rooms where volunteer
surgical teams perform thousands of life-changing procedures," said
Toney Peer, Executive Director of Instruments of Mercy. "Instruments of
Mercy has been supporting Mercy Ships with instrument repair forseveral
years, and this is another way for us to support them while helping a
surgical nurse who wants to give back."
With the support of Integrated
Medical Systems International, Inc. (IMS), Instruments of Mercy
regularly refurbishes surgical instruments onboard the Africa Mercy.
IMS CEO and Founder Gene Robinson said he has seen the positive impact
the Mercy Ships experience has on volunteers. "To be able to grant this
opportunity to a nurse who wants to serve is an honor," Robinson said.
"This work brings a satisfaction unlike any other professional
Angela Fadely, Vice President, Human Resources for Mercy Ships, said
Boespflug's nursing skills will be put to good use. "Mercy Ships is so
thankful to partner with Instruments of Mercy to give Brenna Boespflug
this opportunity of a lifetime. Her gifts and talents as an Operating
Nurse … will bring hope and healing to those in great need," she said.
Boespflug's name was drawn from 39 entries by Sharon A. McNamara, MS,
BSN, RN, CNOR. McNamara, a former national president for the Association
of periOperative Nurses (AORN), said she has often heard from
perioperative nurses that they would like to volunteer their services
abroad but could not afford the cost. The scholarship, she said, will
help a nurse fulfill this dream. "This trip will also provide Africa
Mercy with an experienced perioperative professional who has the
knowledge and wisdom to provide safe, quality care for the patients,"
About Instruments of Mercy: With a motto of "Helping those who
Heal," Instruments of Mercy, Inc. is a non-profit organization that
restores donated surgical instruments already in the hands of healthcare
providers for upcoming mission trips. Established in 2004 by Gene
Robinson, CEO of IMS, IOM has refurbished equipment for more than 98
missions in 26 countries. For more information, visit www.instrumentsofmercy.org.
About Integrated Medical Systems International, Inc. (IMS): IMS
is a surgical instrument management and consulting company with
facilities in Alabama, Florida, Maryland and Arizona, as well as sales
and clinical teams serving more than 2,500 healthcare facilities
nationwide. IMS provides instrument and device inventory management;
real-time online data and tools to track instruments, tissue and
implants; restoration of instruments to manufacturers' performance
standards; and on-location clinical personnel to manage sterile
processing and interface with the OR. To learn more, visit www.imsready.com.
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