These observations showed me the positive impact you could make as a healthcare professional working not as an outsider, but as a part of their own community. After seeing this, I asked Dr. Boris to teach me their words, phrases and customs so I could better relate to those I worked with.
The biggest thing I learned from being a nurse in El Salvador was the power of relatability and human connection. It's one thing to go into a community, country or hospital and provide care for the sick. It's another thing altogether to meet our patients where they are, learn how to communicate with them in a way they understand, and use that ability to extend our care on a more human level. I am thankful for my experiences working in other countries because it showed me a nurse can make just as big difference at home in a familiar community as he or she can abroad.
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