Fourth year students are taking part in a community health clinical in Gressier, Haiti, with assistance from Dr. Tim Bristol, visiting faculty at FSIL Nursing School in Leogane, Haiti.
This particular clinic serves the community in general health and in cholera treatment and prevention. Their instructor, Ogenus Mirvline, is a 2009 graduate of FSIL. Over the course of the program, they have worked in many different clinical environments. These include rural hospitals, city hospitals, the yard of the nursing school (during the earthquake of 2010), the back of trucks and clinics. Their focus on community and public health is vital to Haiti's future. With a severe shortage of trained nurses and doctors in Haiti, their skills are going to prove very valuable nationwide. The other crucial aspect of this part of the BSN nursing program is that there is very little access to primary and preventative care. So healthcare needs to focus on community and public health.
After graduation in October of 2012, these students will be integrated throughout Haiiti's healthcare system. Currently FSIL alumni are serving in areas such as community health, acute care, surgery, and even nursing education. With over 90 students enrolled at any given time, this school is definitely a crucial part of Haiti's future.