kayakrn7's Nursing Blog

By kayakrn7

Joined Dec 27, '06 - from 'Ohio'. kayakrn7 is a Currently Program Liaison Joint and Spine Program, Program Liaison Fracture Program, DMAT OH-5 Member. He has '10' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Periop and Ortho'. Posts: 8 (75% Liked) Likes: 74

An Amercian RN learns to read with his heart and not his eyes.

Frequently a close friend of mine, a young physician in Haiti, posts comments on a Web and Facebook page associated with a volunteer medical organization I co-founded to improve access to Child and Maternal Health Care in rural Haiti through the creation of sustainable Haitian run health care and of which he is the Medical Director. Here is a recent post he wrote after a weeklong rural medical mission sponsored by donations from our organization: "You know what is important in humanitarian... Read More →

The Smallest Act of Kindness

Recently, while rounding on one of my patients, I noticed she seemed quieter than usual, so I sat down beside her and began not with a traditional physical exam but with the simple question "What are you thinking about this morning?" She began to tell me about how she was physically feeling- I interrupted her, "we'll get to that in a few minutes, tell me, 'What are you thinking about this morning'?" "Why?", she replied. "Because", I replied. "Because why?", she replied. "Because I'm... Read More →

Responding to Disasters: Why do you do it?

A friend asked me recently, "Why do you do it? Why do you respond to disasters?" Great question! Often I have struggled to share how I feel about disaster relief and my role and what draws me back, time and time again. The question has haunted me since returning from my first disaster response in September of 2005 to East Biloxia, Mississippi after Hurriane Katrina, and again after multiple responses to the Gulf Coast after it was ravaged by hurricanes, after my return from Haiti after... Read More →

"From a single candle..." Words from an RN Pinning Ceremony

When I first received the invitation to speak at the Pinning Ceremony at my alma mater, I was not quite sure why they had chosen me. In fact I was pretty sure they had made a mistake. A quick email, a quick response, and I was assured they had the correct person. With that cleared up I of course accepted the offer. I was honored. After all how hard could it be? All I had to do according to the email was "provide them with words of wisdom and encouragement as they complete nursing school and... Read More →

Observations of Haiti - "the Event" and "my Return"

On January 12, 2010 at 4:53pm EST a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the nation of Haiti destroying over 300,000 homes and buildings and taking the lives of over 200,000 people. As a nurse who has responded to many disasters within the United States, my heart cried out to assist the survivors. 48 hours later my OH5 DMAT was placed on alert for deployment to Haiti. When our orders came, I was faced with the reality we were going to a country few of us knew anything about; I knew we were facing... Read More →

Memories from a Haitian Cholera Treatment Center

In January and February of this year I worked in Haiti with United States NDMS DMAT and ImSurt teams providing medical and surgical care to the victims of the January 12th earthquake. What I experienced during those weeks only partially prepared me for what I would experience upon my return to Haiti on November 19th. My earlier experiences were in dealing with less critical and more chronic medical conditions. This time I would experience acutely ill patients requiring immediate life-saving... Read More →

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