Lead Crew Nurse

Founded in 1978, Mercy Ships is a global humanitarian aid organization based on Christian values. Mercy Ships is dedicated to increasing access to healthcare in developing nations.



Through the deployment of the world’s two largest civilian hospital ships, the Africa Mercy and the Global Mercy¸ Mercy Ships offers holistic support to developing nations striving to make healthcare accessible for all.



Thousands of volunteers donate their time and skills each year to come and serve on board our ships in a large variety of positions, ranging from the specialty surgeon, to the maintenance technician to the cleaning teams. With a crew of people from over 60 different nations and various backgrounds, you will experience one of the most diverse and international community on board our ships!


The Lead Crew Nurse coordinates healthcare for our volunteer Crew and our local Day Crew. You will support the Crew Physician and oversee the work of the Crew Clinic Administrative Assistant in establishing and maintaining a well-functioning Crew Clinic, supporting our volunteers with the best possible care when needed.


What you will contribute:


• Arrange appointments for Crew who are ill or need exams or check-ups


• Oversee Crew Clinic staff and support a well-functioning and professional team.


• Record and track immunization status of crew and administer and/or arrange vaccinations


• Maintain a sanitary and well-organized Crew Clinic including stock levels of supplies and accurate crew health records


• Track crew medical contracts and monitor changes


• Support onboard Pharmacy to ensure adequate levels of required medications for crew.


• Manage duty roster for after-hours clinical support for crew.


• Oversee adequate stock of non-pharmaceutical supplies onboard for maritime compliance.


• Oversee maintenance of all non-marine first aid kits.


• Maintain tuberculosis screening for crew and Day Crew.


• Assist Crew Physician in seeing and treating crew and Day Crew.


• Instruct patients on treatment and triage and treat patients as needed.


• Assist in COVID-related tasks as needed.


• Participate in New Crew Orientations, representing the Crew Clinic and providing informative briefings to new crew about Crew Clinic services.


• Participate in emergency teams onboard and provide training.


For this role you will need:


• Successful completion of Mercy Ships On Boarding program


• Supportive of Mercy Ships mission and vision and committed to its core values


• Able to live in and contribute to community life, requiring stable and healthy interpersonal skills


• Understand and apply servant leadership, work collaboratively with integrity, and demonstrate accountability


• Clear and professional verbal and written communication skills are required


• Registered Nurse or Family Practice Nurse Practitioner with current licensure in home country


• Minimum two years’ experience following licensure


• Work experience as a registered nurse/family practice nurse practitioner within the past 2 years is required


• Some pediatric experience required


• Current Basic Life Support certification is required; ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) and PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) are recommended


• Fluent in English; French is beneficial


• Must possess proficient computer skills, with familiarity in M365 suite, with an emphasis in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook. Aptitude for learning other technology to support the business process is required


• International Driver’s License is recommended, as driving may be required as part of departmental duties


• A background check / criminal records check is required


• Must be flexible and sensitive to language and cultural diversity

Organisation Mercy Ships Suisse
Typ Job
Dauer bis 2 Jahre
Zeitraum Datum nach Absprache
Region(en) Afrika
Land/Länder Sierra Leone
Berufsfeld Missionsreise
Sprachkenntnisse English (min. B2-C1), French a +
Anforderungen Minimim 2 years acting a registered Nurse
Mindestalter 25
Kosten CHF 200 / monatlich
Finanzierung Self-funding. Eligible for Mercy Ships Financial Aid program
Kontakt Jessica Morey