Day 3 – 7/31/2019

Day #3 started with great weather for our walk to the hospital. We weren’t at the hospital very long, when Dr. Rita arrived. It was great to see her again. I gave a lecture to the nursing staff about Distraction and Comfort Hold. I reviewed all the supplies in the distraction kits that I brought for them to use with their patients. I also gave them the 2 vein finder lights that I had brought for them. They were so excited and amazed with the lights and how they worked. I also showed them some other supplies I brought and thought would be useful for them.

We went over to the lab and Dr. Sandler reviewed multiple smears on patients currently in the hospital. On the way to the lab they showed us the new helipad they have and are excited to be using sometime in the near future. We then went the Endocrine Department for lunch. It was another delicious meal.

We then headed back to the lab for Dr. Sandler to review some more slides. Then, back to the clinic to review the finding on the smears Dr. Sandler had reviewed with the clinic physicians.

We headed back to our hotel for a short time before heading out for what felt like the longest walk ever for dinner at BAEK HWA KOREA restaurant. The food was so tasty! We then started the long walk back to our hotel. The walk back didn’t seem that long… maybe it was the ice cream cone that I ate on the walk home. That is a wrap for today!


Day 2 – 7/30/2019

Day #2 started with our group being invited to attend the hospital’s weekly physician meeting at 8:30. At the meeting Dr. Sandler was presented with a Diploma of Honorary Professorship. We all knew that he was going to be honored at the meeting, but were surprised by the extent of the honor he received.

We then spent the day doing patient consults and reviewing the current inpatient cases. They currently have some really sick kids.

The hospital staff took us out to a great restaurant for dinner.  There was so much amazing food. Just when we thought dinner was done, another table full of food was brought out. We were so FULL!

The hospital staff presented us with beautiful gifts to thank us for coming to help at their hospital.


First Day at Hospital 2019


We just finished our first day at the Children’s Hospital. It was great to see familiar staff faces from last year and embraced meeting new faces today. Dr. Sandler and I rounded on all the inpatient Hem/Onc patients. We passed out bubbles to the patients while rounding this morning. We then went back and discussed some of the more complicated patients. Unfortunately, they currently have four patients on their service that have relapsed. They then provided us with a tasty lunch! We spent much of the afternoon, reviewing the current treatment protocols they are currently using for their patients.

We met with Dr. Shonkhuuz – Director General of the hospital. He talked about how things have been able to slowly improve with the help, teaching, and feedback from Dr. Sandler and his Medical Groups visits. He told Dr. Sandler that he would like for Dr. Sandler to give him feedback on the improvements that we feel are needed at the hospital at the end of our week at the hospital.

We then walked back to our hotel in misty rain and busy afternoon traffic. We were able to relax in our rooms for a few minutes, before heading out to dinner. When we headed out to dinner it was raining pretty good, but we braved it and walked to dinner in the rain. We had dinner which included lamb and horse, at “The Bull” a hot pot restaurant not too far from our hotel.

After a great meal we walked back to our hotel and called it a day! When I got up to my room, I took out my laptop out and started writing my blog post….I then woke up at !:30 with my laptop in my lap. Needless to say, I didn’t finish my post last night…but had a great, rewarding, and tiring first day! LOOKING FORWARD TO TOMORROW!




Team Mongolia 2019

As I prepare to leave in a week for my second Medical Mission Trip to Mother and Children’s Hospital in Mongolia, I am surprised at how different I am feeling compared to last year. Last year as I was getting ready to leave for the trip I was excited, but also very nervous because I was not sure what to expect. There were so many unknowns for me when I arrived last year: How was I going to be able to communicate with the staff, patients, and families? How was I going to be able to help the staff and patients? I didn’t know what educational material and/or supplies the staff and patient’s needed from me? Will I like any of the food in Mongolia? Last year’s trip was a great learning experience for me. My heart was overwhelmed and  touched last year,  by how appreciative people were for everything we did for them whether it was something big or something small. It was such a rewarding and rejuvenating trip for me as a nurse, to know that I could make a difference in someone’s life.


This year, I am not nervous about the unknown. I am looking at the unknown as part of “my adventure”.  I am eager to return to Mother and Children’s Hospital!  I can’t wait to see the hospital staff again and share material that I now know they need and can be used in their hospital.  I also want to thank Nemours Children’s Specialty Care and Wolfson Children’s Hospital for their support, that has made it possible for us to go on this medical mission trip. When we left Mongolia last year, I said that I wanted to go again. I am happy that I am being given the opportunity to return this year!


Please follow us as we leave on our mission this Friday, 07/26/2019. We will try to update daily with post and pictures.








Dana at NCMCH

At the hospital in UB, over the last week we have gotten to meet some amazing staff, patients, and parents in the Hem/Onc unit. They have all been so welcoming and appreciative for the information we were able to share with them. I lectured on oral mouth care with the nurses. After the lecture we went around and gave each patient a toothpaste and toothbrush. They were all so happy for the small gifts. I also did a question and answer section with the nurses.  I was able to watch the nurses start IVs and give chemotherapy.  I was able to observe 2 patients getting their IT MTX while awake and not moving or crying during the procedure. They are so brave!  Later in the week one of those patients gave me a rose made of clay on a long Q-tip. It was so beautiful! On our last day I went around to each room and gave the patient and parents shells from Jacksonville Beach. I loved seeing their faces light up when I gave them the shells. The doctors are working so hard to make sure that they are providing the best care possible for their patients and reviewed patients with Dr. Sandler daily. The staff had treated us to lunch each day, and dinner on Thursday night. So on Friday we wanted to get lunch for them. Guess what they wanted for their lunch? Burger King! So Burger King it was.

Where do I begin to tell you about Dr. Rita? She is an angel here on earth. She is passionate about helping the Mongolian people, you can see here love for them in her daily actions. She has worked so hard this week to help assist us with the 40+ cardiology patients who came from the countryside to be seen this week.  She saw all of the kids and then wrote up all the patient information and sharing it with Dr. Bryant, who was unable to make the trip.  She was also able to set up a Cardiology video conference for the physicians here in UB with Dr. Bryant back in the USA.


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