Did you know that as many as 45,000 Bergen County residents have no health insurance and no access to healthcare? Some of these people end up in the ER for common ailments that can and should be treated by a primary care physician.
Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative (BVMI) a healthcare facility in Hackensack, is trying to keep some of these people out of the ER by providing free, ongoing primary care to residents of Bergen County. Our volunteer practitioners treat an underserved and culturally diverse adult population. The healthcare center has seen a huge uptick in patient visits and is actively seeking new volunteers.
Volunteer nurse interactions with individual patients include taking vital signs, reviewing chief complaint, past medical history, medication review, education and discharge instructions. Charting on the electronic medical record is required. The nurse will be working one-on-one with an individual physician or nurse practitioner in care of the patient.
Volunteering here is a win-win-win situation - you will have a meaningful experience, the patients get quality care and all hospitals in Bergen County will see less traffic in the ER. Please note that all nurse volunteers will need to be credentialed and approved by our board - which is usually a seamless process.