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Ask a Travel Nurse: Are there any updates on how travel nurses can help in Haiti?

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http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/47133000/jpg/_47133229_jex_575031_de41-1.jpgI know that the media has since found other stories and we have even had another earthquake in the headlines, but the need in Haiti continues and here are a few updates I have.

It appears that there is still no one single agency spearheading any efforts to send nurses into Haiti. There are hospitals and volunteer organizations that are organizing teams and providing assistance here and there, but we still have no mass effort to send U.S. nurses. This is despite having literally thousands of nurses here in the states that have expressed interest in helping in Haiti.

Searching the web will give you many stories of those that are assembling teams that are planning Haiti trips, but unless you are part of that organization, you would probably not receive a spot on the team. One exception might be an organization called Project Helping Hands. For nurses that want to travel to Haiti, and have the means, or a sponsorship, Project Helping Hands is offering a spot on two more teams traveling to Haiti. The deadline for their second trip has passed and the deadline for a third trip is quickly approaching. The date for their third trip is from April 13th to April 25th with the team staying in a compound with beds, running water, and electricity. The cost of the trip would be approximately $1600. To get full details and apply, go to project-helping-hands.org.

The ANA (American Nurses Association) has also started putting up information on their website regarding Haiti and even has a form you can fill out to volunteer. They can be found at www.nursingworld.org/HaitiRelief.

I know that many of you have personally emailed me wanting info on helping in Haiti. I wrote of this in one of my posts before, but I wanted to once again stress the importance of knowing exactly what is in store for you as far as working conditions. I know that many of us express interest, but very few can imagine what it must be like in Haiti. One site that has quite a few accounts of healthcare workers in Haiti and their stories can be found at www.nurse.com/haiti/

I’ll continue to keep you posted on any opportunities that become available for those wanting to help.

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About the Author:

Hello everyone. I’m a travel nurse originally from Ohio who graduated in 1993 from Mount Carmel School of Nursing in Columbus. I completed a critical care fellowship at Riverside Methodist Hospital in 1994 and started traveling in that specialty a year later. My first travel assignment was in Maui and since that time I have completed close to 40 different contracts in various states with multiple travel companies. I am the author of Travel Nurse’s Bible (A Guide to Everything on Travel Nursing), in addition to my writings here and in the pages of Travel Nursing publications such as Healthcare Traveler Magazine and American Nurse Today. I am presently on assignment in Phoenix, AZ and travel anywhere from six to eleven months of the year.

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