Meet the team: Richard Schneider, RN

Richard Schneider, RN, worked as a nurse in the burn unit for many years, and has recently retired. In the past six months, Richard has been on six medical missions, including Peru (twice), Nepal, Colombia, and Vietnam. Speech language pathologists are important personnel on cleft palate trips, but Richard’s nursing skills are valued on any kind of medical mission. He has participated in trips treating burns, orthopedic problems such as club feet, others I am not recalling, as well as cleft lip and palate.

Richard is the true embodiment of what it means to be a caregiver. Do you have a sniffle? Richard has chicken soup. Is it your birthday? Richard will present you with a goody bag. Did a piranha bite your finger on the Amazon River? Richard will clean and dress the wound to hold you over until you can get to a proper hospital, two hours upriver. He truly loves children all over the world. His retirement is turning into “have scrubs, will travel,” and he is loving every minute of it.

If you want to hear the story of the time he almost burned down the hospital, you’ll have to buy him a drink next time he rolls through your town, on his way to help more kids and have more adventures. A tip of the scrub cap to Nurse Richard, wherever he is bound.


About Shari Salzhauer Berkowitz

Shari is a speech language pathologist and assistant professor of communication disorders at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY.
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