Bayhealth nurse Hannah Thorp, RN, BSN, believes being a nurse is more than what she does, it’s who she is. And being a nurse doesn’t just stop when Thorp clocks out of work for the day. This is why Thorp recently traveled to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for a mission trip.
Thorp traveled to Mexico with Missions for Life, a nonprofit founded to provide humanitarian, medical and spiritual outreaches, and support to the city of San Miguel de Allende. Throughout her week in the city, Thorp and her team traveled through more than 500 villages. Along with three other nurses and two nursing students, Thorp checked height and weight, and provided glucose and blood pressure checks as part of free clinics for citizens in the villages.
For many residents in the villages, health checks provided by the team were their only access to medical professionals and medicine for more than a year. The clinics kept the team busy with 100-plus patients seen in four hours. While the physical work conducted by Thorp wasn’t taxing nor complex, it was a reminder each encounter shouldn’t be taken for granted. “For a diabetic who may not have had their glucose checked in weeks, this was of vital importance,” Thorp said. “The experiences have left lifelong prints on my heart, and I know I will be back soon, but I hope I’m not alone.”
Thorp’s drive to care for others is mirrored across nurses in the profession, which Thorp believes is one of the greatest careers in the world. She hopes other nurses will use her experience as inspiration to help others. “Maybe you can’t go to Mexico, but there are always plenty of opportunities to volunteer and serve right here in our community. While helping others, you may just find you have actually received more than you gave.”
Visit MissionsForLife.net for more information about the nonprofit’s mission trips to Mexico.
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