A Gift of Scrubs for Philippine Nurses

PRNewswire via COMTEX
Uniforms and scrubs no longer used by Adena Health System nurses have found a new use in the Philippines, inside the San Juan Medical Hospital, which serves some of the poorest people in that country.

Christina Cain, a registered nurse on the Adena Medical Center’s 3A Medical-Surgical Unit conducted a “scrubs drive” earlier this year and last month hand-delivered more than 100 scrubs and uniforms to the hospital staff in Manila.

“Nice nursing uniforms are considered a luxury that too few can afford,” said Cain, who also volunteered for a week inside the bustling metropolitan hospital.

“The average wage of a Philippine RN, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree, is close to the minimum wage in the U.S.,” she said, which prevents most nurses from purchasing new uniforms or scrubs.

Cain was invited to participate in “Operation We Care,” which is part of the Philippines Medical Mission, by Dr. Mel Simon, the Medical Director of Health Services at the University of Rio Grande where she is a BSN student.

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