The Boon Ship

The Boon Ship

TheBoon Ship

TheBoon Ship

Thename is perfect because, from the meaning of the word, it shows thatthe ship will be beneficial to the poor and diseased people in theareas it visits.

Typeof care it will provide

Itwill provide outpatient care because most people require it. The shipwill also have inpatient care, which will depend on the nature of theillness and the recommendations of the primary care doctor oroutpatient specialist. Thus, it will have different types ofinpatient medical facilities for acute standard care, acute intensivecare, follow-up care, and long-term care operating for 24 hours(Geletko et al., 2009). Additionally, there will be preventative caresuch as examinations and vaccinations against infectious diseases.The ship will also provide medicines for the patients.

Themission will be to visit the poor regions in the United States wheremost people are living in poverty and provide them with themuch-needed health care services. It will also visit disease-strickenareas to offer assistance to the local hospitals and reduce themortality rates (Geletko et al., 2009).


Theship will need volunteers from different specialties in the healthcare sector. For example, nurses, surgeons, medical trainers,dentists, primary care physicians, doctors, pharmacists, andcounselors (Geletko et al., 2009). It will also require otherprofessionals to keep it afloat such as the ship captain, cabin crew,security personnel, computer technicians, cooks, engineers, andteachers.

Leaderof the Mission

Theship will have board members, and its chair will be the leader. Thus,the board members will make crucial decisions regarding the areas tovisit. The leadership will not change. Nonetheless, it can change dueto unavoidable circumstances such as when the current chair of theboard decides to leave.


Theship will have an onboard satellite communication system to helptransmit diagnosis information. The crew will communicate throughtelephones as often as possible to ensure that the missions areprogressing as planned.


Theship will require donations from various charities, non-governmentalorganizations, and individuals. It will also seek governmentassistance in every state they visit. Therefore, it will work withdonor agencies and state governments who will be urged to help bydonating medical equipment and medicines (Geletko et al., 2009).


Theship will offer training and orientation during the first day toensure that every person is on the same ethical page. However,cultural differences are inevitable because the volunteers will comefrom diverse social backgrounds (Elliott, 2011).


First,the crew will be encouraged to interact on social levels during theiroff hours to ensure peaceful coexistence. They will also be requiredto adhere to the ship’s core values because they foster respect andharmony regardless of the cultural differences (Elliott, 2011). Theywill also have to abide by the code of conduct. In case of conflicts,the conflicting people will be required to visit the counselor whowill evaluate the cause of the conflict and possibly help them find asolution (Elliott, 2011). However, in case the conflict is out ofcontrol, the board members with the help of counselor will determinethe appropriate action to take against the conflicting parties.


Thegreatest need is in Massachusetts, Kentucky, and Maryland. Someregions in these areas have been prone to diseases due to high levelsof poverty and unemployment rates. Later, the ship will visit otherareas such as Mississippi Delta and Appalachia. Each mission willtake one month.




Port of Northern Kentucky

1 November 2015

30 November 2015

At sea

1 December 2015

14 December 2015

Port of Cincinnati

15 December 2015

15 January 2016

At sea

16 January 2016

31 January 2016

Port of Boston

1 February

28 February 2016

At sea

1 March 2016

20 March 2016

Port of Baltimore

21 March 2016

1 April 2016

However,the itinerary may change due to several factors such as weatherchanges and the volunteers who arrive on the scheduled departuredate.


Theteam will be replaced before the ship leaves to visit another area toavoid fatigued workers. All crew except the primary caregivers willwork for an average of 50 hours a week. The departments will havedifferent work schedules and rest days to ensure that the ship andhospital operate efficiently. The volunteers may work on either nightor day shift depending on their position and expertise (Geletko etal., 2009). However, they may be reassigned from their currentpositions to fill duties in other departments if needed owing to thefield service rotations and the irregular staffing levels.

Finally,the guidelines, schedule, itinerary, and code of conduct, have to befollowed accurately for Boon ship to attain its objective to help thepoor people living with and dying of diseases.


Elliott,G. R. (2011). When Values and Ethics Conflict: The Counselor’s Roleand Responsibility. AlabamaCounseling Association Journal,37(1), 39-45. Retrieved from

Geletko,K. W. Beitsch, L. M. Lundberg, M. &amp Brooks, R. G. (2009).Reducing the Impact of Health Care Access Crisis throughVolunteerism: A Means, Not an End. AmericanJournal of Public Health,99(7), 1166-1169.