nursing students in Chicago want to go to Haiti - page 2

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Does anyone know if nursing students can be of help in Haiti? Or do we need to be registered nurses first? Thanks!... Read More


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    Quote from JB17
    AU-RN
    Once again I do not mean to question your 8 years of experience but, please do compare your wording to an RN who has had 25 years of expecience....there is a respectful way which includes rational....



    ....and then there are your harsh words.... please go ahead and read how she explains herself in a way she is not putting down the student, she is actually explaining WHY and and WHY NOT, and what else there is she can do if she would like to volunteer...other ways that could be more effective due to her lack of licensure. This is a Seasoned nurse, who has respect for others and approaches the question from a standpoint where the individual is able to learn from what she has to say, not be put down and possible deter the student from wanting to help becuase she feels she may be of no help....8 years is a lot of experience, but please learn from how the Emergency RN responded to the post. Makes you think a bit, and yes nursing is cut throat, but there is a fine line between honesty and disrespect.
    Since your info isnt made available...all I can say is that you are too sensitive. You cant be thin skinned in nursing....ever had to hold your own with a DR? Being blunt and telling the truth in a situation is more valuable than worrying about whether or not it might hurts someones fragile feelings. Medical professionals not mattter what kind that go to Haiti SHOULD be experienced and skilled...period. I do not live in a lala land....taking care of the sick and dying is a very serious skilled business....
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    And I do not believe I once indicated that those going to volunteer as Medical Professionals should not be experienced and trained. I strongly agree that they need to be our best. And yes I have had to stand my own with a few Doc's...not fun I agree, but you have to have a backbone as well as a heart in nursing. Sounds a little thin skinned yes....but in reality nursing is more than being rude and blunt....and not worrying about someone's fragile feelings... it is being honest- yet compassionate. So why dont you leave the chewing out of new nurses to the docs because news flash you are not a doctor and talking down to other nurses/ students does not make you a doctor either, so why you seem to be doing so is confusing me. Yes we do need competant, experienced, and dedicated nurses, BUT being disrespectful is a different story. I am not living in la la land either and apparently neither is this student. We are all shaken by this terrible disaster so why the negativity? So what a student wants to help....so be it. Let them do their part too in other ways. You are just so disrespectful to someone who wants to help? It would be very simple to reply in an honest way instead insulting the girl?
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    Quote from AU-RN
    Since your info isnt made available...all I can say is that you are too sensitive. You cant be thin skinned in nursing....ever had to hold your own with a DR? Being blunt and telling the truth in a situation is more valuable than worrying about whether or not it might hurts someones fragile feelings. Medical professionals not mattter what kind that go to Haiti SHOULD be experienced and skilled...period. I do not live in a lala land....taking care of the sick and dying is a very serious skilled business....
    Youre wrong! There are approximately 8.5 million people in Haiti. Not all of them are trauma patients. There was a deficiency in healthcare before the quake and there is a deficiency for non-trauma patients after the quake. There's a long history of nursing students going to Haiti to help and learn new skills.

    I think last semester students would be a good fit for some of the hospitals depending on the location and the acuity. I know my country well enough to know what some of the challenges are. Please do not discourage anyone who wants to help.

    My only question is if you are in nursing school, how will you get the time off to go to Haiti. Don't jeopardize your studies unless you are doing a full semester practicum where part of the semester can be done in Haiti or another country.
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    Thank you! My point exactly. There is so much more there to be done besides trauma....and WHEN THE CAMERAS ARE GONE....and much much before the quake hit there have been missions of doctors, nurses, any medical personell, students, and anyone willing to help, so I strongly feel rebuilding Haiti will take one person at a time! And yes there are ways you can help besides in monitary contributions. A time I would suggest is spring break as long as your studies are caught up with and you are able to go. Most organizations do not pay your way so there is a costly amount, but it would be a life changing experience and you are helping in a time of crisis so try to get donations and sponsors. Secondly like I said before- get an organization to go with they have clinics already developed in Haiti and set up- some of which were destroyed, but most have comunication with their organization in the states and supplies and teams are heading out to help. Next is spring break will work for you be sure to start your passport process now and you will need some vaccinations and malaria pills! Good luck and do not EVER let ppl get you down from doing what you feel is right, because there are more ways to help! Good luck and if you do decide to go be safe- there is a lot of violence in Haiti right now out of desperation, so be smart and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Good Luck!
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    I was very surprised by the negative comment left (by AU-RN) and am delighted to see other RN's standing up for nursing students. I am also a nursing student and I will be going to Haiti in March to help. Just because I am not a RN yet does not mean I am useless. In order for the experienced MD's and RN's to work efficiently under such extreme conditions require the back bone of support to help facilitate their work. I am going with experienced RN's who will be using my service to help them work better and quicker... so that as many people who need the help get it.

    In case you forgot.... the average person wouldn't understand the medical language or the name of supplies and equipment that will be needed. Nursing students can help! Not everyone there needs surgery. I am happy to hear that anyone would be willing to leave their home, pay their way, and go to Haiti to help those in need.

    Never let anyone....ANYONE... ever stop you from doing what your calling is. Those who put people down obviously do it to make themselves feel better and more important. Kudos to the nursing students.... your on the path to many opportunities


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