Sterile service technicians play a vital role in our hospital ships' surgical teams
On board each hospital ship, hundreds of medical volunteers staff the 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 transform lives.
The health care volunteer experience of a lifetime awaits the brave and compassionate who have a heart for adventure. Mercy Ships needs your CSSD skills to help provide essential surgery for people who otherwise lack access to the treatment they need. Will you join us?
Are you looking for an opportunity to use your professional skills and personal experience to make the world of difference? Volunteering on board may be your next adventure.
Join the health care volunteers from all over the world who are making a life-transforming difference by using their sterile services skills to help serve the marginalised, with Mercy Ships.
If you have the heart to help the vulnerable, then volunteering on board the world’s largest civilian hospital ships in Africa may be the next fabulous career move you make.
Volunteers from around the world provide free, safe surgical care, freeing people from conditions that have been burdening them for years, while training local professionals in our specialties.
The operating theatres, wards and ICU’s on the vessels Africa Mercy and Global Mercy are state-of-the-art. The sterilising equipment and processes are familiar to those working in a New Zealand or OECD health care context.
Sterile Processing Technician role details
Known on board as Operating Room Sterile Processing Technician, this is a volunteer role, as are all other positions.
Minimum volunteer period: 6 weeks
Requirements: Currently registered and active, with 2 years of experience in a hospital or day surgical centre, and in good health
Volunteer opportunities on board
Preferred Minimum Commitment: 6 wks
Preferred Minimum Commitment: 2 Years
Inspection of all instruments for cleanliness, proper function and breakage Assemble and wrap trays, supplies and single-pack instruments for sterilisation Sterilise single-pack instruments and surgical trays Operate autoclaves safely and correctly Maintain a clean working environment Documentation
On the Africa Mercy there are 5 operating theatres supported by 82 ward and ICU beds. On the Global Mercy there are 6 operating theatres supported by 208 ward and ICU beds.
Each hospital ship is self-sufficient, and all the required allied health care services are provided on board eg laboratory, radiology, physiotherapy.
About half of the Africa Mercy‘s 460 crew and the Global Mercy‘s 640 crew fill medical roles.
ABOUT MERCY SHIPS
Mercy Ships is an international humanitarian organisation based on Christian values. Our mission is to improve access to health care in low-income nations.
By deploying the world’s two largest non-governmental hospital ships, the Africa Mercy and the Global Mercy, Mercy Ships works with host countries to help them improve their health care systems.
Each year, more than 1,200 volunteers from over 60 nations donate their time and resources to support the Mercy Ships vision.
Mercy Ships’ surgical specialties include maxillofacial, plastic reconstructive, orthopaedic, ophthalmic, general, and gynecological (obstetric fistula) surgery.
Simultaneously, we provide training and mentoring to upskill local health professionals, strengthening the host nation’s health care capacity.
I love talking to people about finding their fit on board, and I’m here to answer your questions about volunteering.