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posted: 7/14/2014 5:01 PM

Serving with Passion in Uganda

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Samantha Isdale

DUPAGE, Ill.-- BrightStar Care of Central Dupage-Wheaton's nurse, Linda Erickson recently returned to the US from a mission trip she embarked on in Uganda from June 26 to July 2.

Erickson served as a nurse in Uganda and provided assistance medically at local clinics and orphanages. She was the only nurse within the group of 13 on the trip from Village Bible Church. She assisted local nurses and doctors by asking patients about their symptoms, pain they were enduring and problems they were experiencing. Erickson also helped with administering medications.

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She brought a large suitcase of first aid supplies, antibiotics, pain reliever medications, inhalers etc. with her on the trip to distribute to the local clinics and patients. The Warrenville native, who serves in-home patients in DuPage County through her job as an RN at BrightStar Care, had served overseas previously and felt it would be a good opportunity to assist in Uganda.

Before Erickson arrived in Uganda she didn't realize the impact first aid supplies, such as rubber gloves, could have, but she quickly learned that there is an immense need for medical care in Africa.

BrightStar Care trains its nurses, nursing assistants and caregivers to serve with passion, do the right thing and to be open and positive. Erickson proved she serves with these values by aiding medically in Uganda.

"The most rewarding part of this experience was seeing the people that don't have medical care, get medical care," Erickson said. "Just to see their pain relieved…it rejuvenates them to be able to keep on doing what they need to do. I would definitely recommend that other nurses do this. "

For more information on Linda Erickson or your local BrightStar Care location, call 630-260-5300 or visit http://www.brightstarcare.com/central-dupagewheaton/.

About BrightStar Care

Based in Chicago, BrightStar Care is a national franchise with more than 250 locations that provide full-service staffing of medical and non-medical homecare to private clients from children to older adults within their homes, as well as supplemental staffing to healthcare organizations and corporate clients. Each of BrightStar's locations pursue Joint Commission accreditation, a nationally recognized measure of quality that is recognized throughout the healthcare industry. BrightStar Care's well-qualified, attentive caregivers provide peace of mind to clients and their families, providing a customized care plan to match clients with qualified, pre-screened caregivers that best suit their needs. BrightStar Care is one of the few home care providers that offer both medical and non-medical homecare, available to all clients 24/7. BrightStar uses the nationally known patient satisfaction survey company Press Ganey to measure client satisfaction and is proud that 9 out of 10 clients would recommend us to a friend.

For more information on BrightStar Care please visit brightstarcare.com; to find out more about BrightStar Franchising, visit www.brightstarfranchise.com.

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