Our J-1 Visa does not authorize us to hire kitchen or nursing personnel from outside the United States.
Life as a Village Nurse
Although the day-to-day activities of a Village are conducted in another world language, the health center is one place where English is spoken. Even so, many nurses choose to work at Villages where they themselves have an interest in the language and culture or speak the target language already. Villagers and staff come from around the world, so while western medicine is the dominant model, complimentary modalities are evident.
Since 1961, we’ve been offering summer language and cultural immersion programs with the mission of creating global citizens. It takes many caring, capable people to create a safe and healthy environment at the Villages. That’s why we need you!
All positions include orientation, salary, food and lodging. Application forms for nurses, relief nurses, health center assistants, and Village first aiders are available online.
• Registered nurse (RN) or LPN with Minnesota license
• CPR certified; experience in first aid and emergency management
• Driver’s license
• Experience in both children and adult illness/injury care; desire to work with children and young adults
• Community health knowledge
• Language ability and cultural assessment skills preferred
• Camping experience preferred
• Provide nursing care to meet individual health needs of camp staff and villagers
• Collaborate with Concordia Language Villages physicians to meet medical needs
• Maintain the health records of the Village
• Follow healthcare policies/procedures as described in the Concordia Language Villages Healthcare Manual
• Complete orientation about Concordia Language Villages nursing before assuming the role
• Provide health education as needed for Concordia Language Villages staff and villagers
• Provide leadership in the Concordia Language Villages risk management program
• Supervise Village’s nursing assistant and/or healthcare assistant
• Adapt to constantly changing environment with flexibility and a problem-solving style
• Willingness to orient prior to arrival
$750-$1,200 for a two-week period, room and board
Focus on Prevention
Every Village has a health center where the focus is on prevention as well as treatment of injury and illness. Most of the nurse’s time is spent practicing preventative measures and caring for common human concerns – sore throats, headaches, cramps, sprained ankles, colds and homesickness. The nurse is also in charge of passing routine medications.
Handling Chronic Health Concerns
Villagers with chronic health concerns are capable self-managers. They need the nurse to exercise cultural competence and interpret how Village life impacts care patterns. For example, a villager with diabetes may need an explanation of the meal schedule, interpretations of culture-specific foods and arrangements for extra snacks.
Village nurses, just like all other nurses, document care, medications, consults and observations according to policies in our health services manual.
8630 Thorsonveien NE
Bemidji, MN 56601
Direct line: 218/586.8771