Summary:  Coordinate the clinical care of the Maxillofacial patient population throughout the course of care with Mercy Ships.  Responsible for creating a strong team of nurses and helping to give the best possible care. This role also usually carries the ICU coordinator role.

Not expected to be available until at least August 2019. Applications for this position will be reviewed for our Talent Pool (waiting list).

In Africa, where there is little or no access to healthcare services and specialized surgeries needed to deal with maladies such as facial tumors, cleft lip & cleft palate, and ENT diseases, our maxillofacial and otolaryngology teams fill the void by bringing hope and healing.  

The Ward Nurse Max Fax Team Leader volunteer position, part of the Ward, will be located on the Africa Mercy, the world's largest non-governmental hospital ship. The preferred minimum time commitment for this role is two years. We recommend all interested applicants to submit an application at least six months in advance of your target service date. Commitments longer than ten months require successful completion of Mercy Ships On Boarding Program.

Are you interested in coming with your family? This position may qualify for a family cabin on board! Please refer to the Family FAQs for more information. 

Qualifications Required:

  • Mercy Ships alumni required 
  • Current/active Registered Nurse license
  • Registered Nurse or Nurse Practitioner with 2 years of experience needed after licensure
  • Current Basic Life Support is required; (as ICU Coordinator) ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) and PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) are optional
  • Recent experience in an inpatient surgical setting required
  • Proficiency with computers and Microsoft Office Suite
  • Leadership or management experience preferred
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Fluent in English
  • International Driver's Permit preferred

Questions about this information? Send us an email! Our recruiter would love to answer any questions you may have. You can reach Alyssa Rowe at


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