As a nurse, Dawn Goetz said she uses innovative techniques to care for her patients, and looks forward to bringing this skill to Nicaragua.
"I think outside the tradition box of nursing way before thinking inside of it," she said. "I love to deliver care that I would want to receive and would want my family and friends to receive."
"I do things for my patients that are so very nontraditional in the eyes of the nursing profession," she continued. "I bring my experience as an RN (registered nurse), but more importantly, I bring myself and who I am as a person to serve others."
Dawn said her specialty is in the emergency room and PACU (recovery room), and currently works for an administrative team for Scripps Healthcare. She moves between the health care system and does assignments on a needs basis, and covers anything from bedside to middle management or administrative positions.
She has been in the industry for for 11 years: the past nine have been spent as a nurse and the prior two were spent as a nurse's assistant in school. She has an associate's degree in nursing and is currently working on obtaining her Bachelors of Science in nursing. In the summer, she will start her Masters in nursing.
She said she views her career as a sort of service project because she wants to give back to those around her.
"It is important to me in order to give back to those in need with something I have been practicing and learning for years," she said. "I want to serve others in order to grow my own personal self and emotions. I love serving those in my life and would like to branch out to those in need, especially those that I have no interpersonal connection and I'm just there to help."
Why she wants to go to Nicaragua:
"I hope to gain a better testimony in service, make large leaps of interpersonal growth, and to learn more about non-traditional health care settings," Dawn said. "I am looking forward to leaving my comfy lifestyle and coming home and being more grateful for the things I have instead of focusing on what I don't have and what I may want."
"I am absolutely certain I will come home from this with a different perspective and a heart full of joy, love and happiness," she said.