HOPE volunteers Randy Roark, Ph.D., a Nurse Practitioner and Professor at Florida International University, and Barbara Maxwell, a Nurse from Port Angeles, Washington, worked as a well-oiled machine as they teamed up to treat patients at the Hung Lammedical site in Vietnam during Pacific Partnership 2012.
Roark said that with the efforts of his cheerful colleague Maxwell, the busy day of caring for patients ran very smoothly.
"We were very busy all day long," said Roark. "Barbara was great to work with. She has a very great attitude which helped make it a very positive experience."
It was not just Maxwell that made a difference in the family practice room, but the local translators on site were also highly knowledgeable and very helpful when it came to advancing patient care beyond the clinic.
"Our translator was a local physician and she was very helpful with local resources, which I could not have asked for more," said Roark. "She was very knowledgeable when it came down to referring patients to receive more care, and she also helped us understand the local customs when it came to prescribing medicine."
Barbara Maxwell not only enjoyed her work with the Vietnamese physicians, she also appreciated the opportunity to work with other HOPE volunteers. “I really have not had a lot of opportunity to work with nurse practitioners in my daily work. To get a chance to work with Roark was a great learning experience that will help me grow as a professional,” she said.
"I thought today's medical site went really well. We were able to provide care that the people really needed, thanks to the help of our translators," Maxwell added. "It was great to work alongside Project HOPE members, and the collection of medical professionals from partner nations. It was a very rewarding experience."
With the medical team and the host nation of Vietnam creating new bonds of friendship and hope, the exchanges made today will last deep into the future.
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