Realizing I needed to write in the FIH Blog I was finding it hard to write something when it’s been so long since I’ve been there. However, being that Nurses’ week approaching us I thought about it and thought that it might be appropriate to talk a little about how my past trips to Haiti inspires my work as a nurse.
One might say why go to Haiti………..I say why not? I go because I can give to people who are so less fortunate than I and just the conversation and sharing of their experience and time I receive from any one person I consider myself blessed to of had that time. The US dollar goes a lot further to treat more people that have nothing in Haiti. Nursing in Haiti takes me back to the roots of nursing, where there are the hands on Nursing and you use your assessment skills without relying on technology to figure things out. Everyone is appreciative and grateful for all you do. There’s no lengthy documentation to keep us away from our patients either. We give teaching to our patient’s as well and they listen to every word we have to say so intently. It is true nursing at its best! There are times when you feel so good about what you are doing and then once in awhile there is a sad case when despite your best efforts and all your medicine the outcome is grave. All you have left is faith and prayers so you stop and you pray with the family. This is nursing.
It’s been almost five long years since my last venture to Haiti and I’m overdue for a Haitian fix, back to the root of compassion, caring, teaching and real hands on nursing. I long to walk off that plane and feel that hot sticky air hit me and breathe that familiar smell that tells me I am here to do my work that brings me the greatest satisfaction and joy and really hits home as to why I became a nurse.