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Building Effective Medical Missions with Servant Leadership Skills

Johanson, Linda

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000372
Feature: missions

ABSTRACT: Nurses are naturally drawn to service opportunities, such as short-term medical missions (STMM), which hold great potential to benefit health. But STMMs have been criticized as potentially being culturally insensitive, leading to dependency, inadvertently causing harm, or being unsustainable. Utilizing servant leadership skills, nurses can effectively build community, vision, and sustainability into STMM projects.

Linda Johanson, EdD, RN, is an associate professor in the Nursing Department at Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina. She has been a nurse educator since 1980 and is a regular volunteer for medical mission work.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Accepted by peer-review 9/28/2016.

© 2017 by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship