Would You Go To Haiti To Help????? - page 2

by Misslady113 | 9,589 Views | 26 Comments

I have two questions: 1. Can nurses volunteer to go to countries where natural disasters occurred to help?? If so how?? 2. If you could, would you go to Haiti to help???... Read More


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    Stelon --- the announcement about AA flying RNs and MDs for free to Haiti is false.

    I've also joined RNNR. Because of passport red tape, I can't leave the country just yet (wasn't born here) so my hands are tied up. My heart aches for Haiti and I truly wish I could be down at the front helping out. I'm trying to do other things though. Getting in contact with some Red Cross chapters to see what they are doing to help and also trying to get something with my hospital to see if we can set up a fund for the relief effort. I'm not down there pulling people out of a fallen building, but it's the best I can do right now =/
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    If I was out of school and actually working as a nurse, you bet, I would be down there in a heartbeat working with an organization to help provide medical care. I've always wanted to go to Haiti in an overseas mission to help people there and now that there was a major disaster, they need help more than ever. For now, I've given as much money as I can and hope that it will help a little. When I'm a nurse, you bet, I will do as many overseas missions as I can!
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    Quote from Hushdawg
    Many humanitarian aid organizations will support you in going to disaster areas.
    The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Society has a long list of signatories on it's code of conduct. Those are usually the best ones to go to.

    Charity Navigator has an excellent site which shows quality non-profit organizations to know which ones are using your donations the best. I only donate to 4-star charities since I know firsthand how difficult it is to achieve that rating.

    One thing you should NOT do is simply pick up and go there yourself.

    A lot of people did that during Katrina and it ended up making a big mess, there was a great deal of chaos ensuing because of this problem.

    You should definitely be affiliated with an organization before you go so that you can have them to back you up if something happens.
    None of the nurses and doctors I work with would just get up and go. You have to be trained for disaster situations. In my home state, I had to take training and the verified my credentials before I was put on the list.

    Most employers won't give you time off unless you are going with a verified group, and your have to be approved before landing.
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    Quote from MedSurg32RN
    Most employers won't give you time off unless you are going with a verified group, and your have to be approved before landing.
    Any supervisor that would be cold and callous enough not to allow a week off to assist in some sort of crisis is someone I would never want to work for or with.

    The approval before landing is precisely why I said nobody should pick up and go on their own.

    One of the organizations I used to work with, The Zakat Foundation of America, is leaving for Hati tonight.
    www.thezakat.org can give you more details on the activities they will do.

    You can call their Chicago office directly and donate or volunteer.

    They are 4-star rated by Charity Navigator, signatories of the International Red Cross/Red Crescent Code of Conduct and are recognized by the UN. They don't come much better than this group of people.
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    [QUOTE=Hushdawg;4072916]Any supervisor that would be cold and callous enough not to allow a week off to assist in some sort of crisis is someone I would never want to work for or with.


    Please re read my post, an employed nurse would have to show they are part of an organized relief effort. Many hospitals train nurses for disaster nursing they should be the first responders, they should be the ones who should be deployed.

    As a mentioned before , my state providers disaster training for free, you must a test and have your clinical skills verified.

    When are you going to assist ? Is your employer going to continue to pay you?
    Last edit by Ginger's Mom on Jan 16, '10
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    Quote from CalebMommy
    If I was out of school and actually working as a nurse, you bet, I would be down there in a heartbeat working with an organization to help provide medical care. I've always wanted to go to Haiti in an overseas mission to help people there and now that there was a major disaster, they need help more than ever. For now, I've given as much money as I can and hope that it will help a little. When I'm a nurse, you bet, I will do as many overseas missions as I can!
    Hi CaleMommy,

    Since you are still in school, the general policy is you have to take a first responders/disaster training program to be of help. I admire you for wanting to assist, but until you have ER, first responder credentials, and disaster training you nursing skills will be best used at home.
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    I am an RN and would like to go to Japan to help out. How would I go about doing that?
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    I am also looking to go to Japan to volunteer. If anyone hears of anything for RNs, please let me know.
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    I volunteered in Haiti this summer and it was the best decision I ever made. I went through Project Medishare For Haiti - Saving Lives, Rebuilding Hope | Project Medishare if anyone is interested. It's a great organization and I highly recommend going!
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    Hi -musician's wife. I would love to hear about your experience with Project Medishare. I have a volunteer trip planned in March to Nicaragua with Medico and would love to volunteer in Haiti also. Can you PM me about your experience?


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