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Posted By: Kris Radder on August 24, 2012

Labels: , Volunteers

Volunteer Nurse Christina Grass Vietnam

Two-time HOPE volunteer, Christina Grass, a Nurse from Pine Key, Florida, knows the importance of flexibility. 

Grass, who generally works as an Intensive Care Unit Nurse at home, is used to caring for patients as they come out of surgery.  

Onboard the USNS Mercy, her nursing skills are being used on the other end of the health care spectrum working in Casualty Receiving, as patients first come aboard the ship for care. 

"The Casualty Receiving room functions more as an Emergency Room, which is nice for me because I get to see the patients at the beginning of the process," said Grass. "It is very different than working in the ICU. Onboard the Mercy, I am making initial contact with the patients and making health assessments." 

Grass, like most volunteers are very eager to use their skills where most needed. But the flexibility also offers professional enrichment.  

"This experience has given me a better understanding about how patients are prepared for surgery," said Grass. "It’s interesting to learn how things work from the beginning. This is a truly unique experience that has expanded my knowledge in the medical field.”  

Grass also said her new role allows her meet patients that she would not have seen back home. “It’s great to have the chance to see every case that comes aboard the USNS Mercy and the chance to provide care to each of the patients.”

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