Q&A with Nurses With Purpose founder Pat Guenther | PostIndependent.com

Q&A with Nurses With Purpose founder Pat Guenther

Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

When was Nurses With Purpose formed and why? We were incorporated on Nov. 29, 2006. While I was the CEO of Stat Nurses International – which is a nurse staffing company – we changed the name from Colorado Stat Nurses to International. I got e-mails from people who thought we were sending nurses out. I found it so interesting that nurses really have the calling to go out on these trips. There’s something inside a nurse that really wants to get back to the service of humanity. There’s a lot of politics in hospitals.When did it obtain nonprofit status? We are currently not exempt but filed on Nov. 1, 2006. Once we are approved the effective date will be the date of incorporation. Until then, Colorado Mountain College Foundation has agreed to be our fiscal agent when needed.How is the effort to move away from donations toward self-sufficiency with funding from the sister nurse staffing company coming along? It is coming along as expected, and will provide a significant amount of support in the future, but we do not start seeing profits from the sister company until late next year. So for now we are continuing to use conventional fundraising methods.What is the next trip and when is it planned for? A Mobile Medical Clinic will serve 12 villages in Nicaragua in April.

What can the experience give to a nurse? It has proven to be a life-changing experience for our nurses because they have individually made such a difference in so many lives. Many of the nurses also experience a rebirth of their passion for nursing in these basic humanitarian settings.How can someone look into signing up for a trip or getting involved? Visit our website at http://www.nurseswithpurpose.org or call 945-4888.What can people do to help? Of all the people involved in missions, perhaps 20 percent actually travel. Then there are those that organize and send the ones who go, and the many who pray for them. … We can use financial and professional support as well.Pete FowlerPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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