Safety Rules!

SafetyNurse1968, PhD, RN 9,082 Views

The mission of Safety Nurse is to get Rose Katiana through nursing school. Safety Nurse would like to make the world a safer place. Adding a nurse to the Consider Haiti health care team will directly improve the lives of Haitians in Montrouis and the surrounding community. It's a drop in the bucket - but you know what many drops make? A bucketful. JOIN IN!

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