Nurses – all aboard!

Helping our patients heal from the inside out

It’s hands-on nursing like you’ve always dreamed about!

Onboard each hospital ship, hundreds of medical volunteers staff operating theatres, wards and the auxiliary services that provide a complete surgical package – from admission to rehabilitation- for people in living in extreme poverty in sub-Saharan Africa.

We’ve got a Big Ask – but say yes and your courage and compassion will change lives. We need to get the Africa Mercy underway to bring essential surgery to West Africa and we need volunteers willing to spend two months or more on board caring for our crew and patients.  Can you come with us?

The nursing experience of a lifetime awaits the brave and compassionate who have a heart for adventure.

Maybe you have long service leave due and you can volunteer for a few months, or maybe you want to use your holiday time for good. Join the 600 nurses every year from all over the world who are making a life-transforming difference by using their nursing skills to help Africa’s poor with Mercy Ships.

If you have two years of working experience after registration and have the heart to help the forgotten poor, then volunteering onboard the world largest civilian hospital ship may be the next fabulous career move you make. Check out the range of nursing opportunities and the job descriptions here.

The hospital ships’ operating theatres, wards and ICU are state-of-the-art, and the equipment and medications are familiar for those working in a New Zealand or OECD health care context.

But don’t take our word for it; watch the video and see for yourself what kind of impact volunteering with Mercy Ships with make on the world, and on you!

RECRUITING NOW for 2022:  volunteer Operating theatre roles, and Paediatric nurse opportunities in theatre, PICU and wards 

Other nursing speciality opportunities include

Operating theatre (2+ weeks)

ICU / PACU/Recovery Room (2+weeks)

wound care (2+mths)

Adult medical-surgical (8+ weeks)

Outpatients (8+weeks)

Crew nurse (long term, 2 years) 

Nurse leadership roles

Palliative care (long term 2years)

Screening (1+ year)

Infection Prevention & Control (12 weeks)

For 2022,  ophthalmic day surgery and scheduling

Find out more about the nursing roles onboard – there’s one with your name on it!

Read about the experiences of Kiwi nurses who have volunteered onboard
  • Kai Tiaki, NZNO nursing magazine republished with permission here
  • Dissector, NZNO perioperative nursing magazine published with permission here