The Free Medical Clinic in Oak Ridge needs nurses and is offering active and retired nurses a great opportunity to give back to the community by volunteering. FMC provides high quality primary health care to low-income, uninsured people in Anderson, Morgan, and Roane counties. Various shifts are available.
“Nursing at FMC is a true joy,” said Monica Musrock, director of nurses. “The art of nursing is practiced in a warm and supportive environment. We take the time to provide excellent care for our patients who would otherwise go without. Four hours is all it takes to directly impact the health care crisis in our community. Your skill and compassion can make a difference. And we have fun to boot! You never know who you might find here. Many old friendships have been rekindled here at FMC.”
“Volunteers are the lifeblood of the clinic,” said FMC Executive Director Teresa Brittain. “The use of volunteer physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals allow us to keep costs low while providing free care. Many of our patients are facing unimaginable hardships, but they’re the lucky ones, the ones who have been able to get care. But the demand is getting higher. We simply need more nurses.”
To volunteer, nurses must have a current license, either active or volunteer. The Free Clinic can provide assistance for retired nurses to apply for the “Special Volunteer License,” which entitles the licensee to practice within a free health clinic. Any nurse holding a “Special Volunteer License” is not required to pay any fee for its issuance or the required biennial renewal pursuant to the Division of Health Related Boards.
FMC is located at 116 East Division Road, one block off Oak Ridge Turnpike behind Zaxby’s in Oak Ridge. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed for all shifts.
If interested in volunteering, contact Musrock at [email protected] or call the clinic at (865) 483-3904.