Haiti Update: Nursing School Dean Found Alive and Providing Care
Yesterday I blogged that Dean Hilda Alcindor, RN, of FSIL School of Nursing
, the first BSN nursing program on the island of Haiti, was among the missing. Amidst the tragedy came good news: The dean is alive and well. She is, however, mourning the loss of one of her students. The bright nursing hopeful had left the safety of the school and had gone to her home in Leogane. It was a tragic
Within a half hour of the earthquake Dean Alcindor was working with nursing students and recent program graduates to care for people injured during the earthquake.
"This is how we are imagining them, and it is a wonderful image indeed," reported Marcia Lane, director of Haiti Nursing Foundation.
HNF board member Donna Martsolf, PhD, RN, and fellow American Michelle Sare, RN, a potential visiting faculty member who traveled to Haiti just a day before the quake, are reported safe at FSIL. "Not only safe, she [Sare] is running the emergency ‘clinic' taking place at FSIL, along with some of the graduates. Donna said the students ‘stepped up big time and they're champs,'" said Lane. Hôpital Sainte Croix (Holy Cross Hospital) in Leogane, a mile from FSIL, was reported yesterday as collapsed. However, Martsolf reported to Lane that it is "cracked, but standing."
What Can You Do?
Lane said she has received many e-mails from people who want to help. She answered: We are encouraging private citizens to focus their efforts on supporting established aid organizations that are deploying resources to Haiti, and to hold off on travelling there themselves. .. There are many excellent organizations working in Haiti, and it's easy to find the most effective, reputable ones. We consider Haiti Nursing Foundation to be one. Contributions will reach FSIL as soon as possible, to cover student and faculty needs, medical supplies, hygiene kits, and other support for the school's relief efforts."
Lane also noted, "It's wonderful how many nurses have asked if they can help in Haiti. At this point, however, only the most experienced relief organizations can deal with the challenges posed by a lack of water, food, lodging and transportation. Most roads that are not strewn with rubble have been impassible at night because of people sleeping or lying wounded there."
Those looking to donate time, supplies or funds should contact the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) at 703-276-1914, or visit them online at http://www.cidi.org/incident/haiti-10a/
Other Support for FSIL
Lane has always been clear about the help needed to support nursing education in Haiti. The need has grown this week. She suggests, "If you have nursing students or others who would like to give specific help to FSIL, funds can be raised for both needed items (medical equipment and supplies, textbooks) and student support. Student Nurses' Associations have conducted fundraising events to benefit FSIL. The University of Michigan SNA is holding its third annual charity ball 'Hope for Haiti' in February. Students from two schools have traveled to FSIL for a week, to work with their peers at FSIL - conducting community health fairs, offering coaching in English, and attending classes together. These have been rich experiences for all involved." For those wishing to discuss any such involvement, contact Lane at firstname.lastname@example.org .