This site is intended for healthcare professionals only

A day in the life of...

Written by: | Published:

Vanessa Thomson on the Africa Mercy Vanessa Thomson on the Africa Mercy

I have been qualified as a nurse for five years, and have been volunteering with Mercy Ships, an international charity that operates the world's largest civilian hospital ship, for the last year. The charity's hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, delivers much needed medical care and assistance to the poorest nations.

The ship is currently docked in Madagascar. With a crew of over 400 professional volunteers from more than 40 nations, Mercy Ships volunteers deliver and support the provision of free medical services to Madagascar's population of 22 million.

The day begins as we get a handover from the night nurses and the team leader for the ward shares the notices for the day ahead. The day crew also start their day with us. These are local people who help us to translate on the wards. They are a huge blessing on the ship and help with cleaning, laundry and meal times too.

Please login or register to read the rest of the article and to have access to downloads and comments.

What do you think? Leave a comment below or tweet your views to @IndyNurseMag

This material is protected by MA Healthcare Ltd copyright.
See Terms and Conditions.

Read a free issue from Practice Nursing

Register to read a free issue from our sister publication, Practice Nursing.

Including articles on asthma, diabetes and more. Read your copy.


Sign up to the newsletter


Independent Nurse is the professional resource for primary care and community nurses, providing clinical articles for practice nurses and prescribers.


Subscribe to our newsletter and stay up to date with the latest nursing news.

Stay Connected

Stay social with Independent Nurse by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook or connecting on LinkedIn.


Need access to some of our older articles? You can view our archive, or alternatively contact us.

Contact Us

MA Healthcare Ltd.
St Jude's Church, Dulwich Road
London, SE24 0PB

Tel: +44 (0)20 7738 5454
Registered in England and Wales No. 01878373

Meet the team


Find out how to contribute to Independent Nurse here.