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A group of four WIU senior nursing students and a WIU School of Nursing faculty member visited Haiti on a mission trip over Spring Break.
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WIU Nursing Students Take Spring Break Mission Trip to Haiti

March 28, 2017

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MACOMB, IL – A Western Illinois University nursing instructor and four of her students spent their spring break on a mission trip in Haiti collaborating at a hospital that serves an area of the country with limited resources.

Instructor Lindsay White organized the trip through the Student Nurse Association within WIU's School of Nursing. The WIU group joined forces with Nurse Tim, Inc., a national organization that visits Haiti twice each year and has a relationship with the FSIL nursing School in Leogane, La Faculté des Sciences Infirmières de Léogane.

"The purpose of the trip was to collaborate with nurses, nursing students and faculty in Haiti while managing the healthcare of complex patients in a country with limited resources," said White. "The trip included clinical days at Saint Croix Hospital in Leogane, mobile clinics in the mountain village of Trouin and a local orphanage, home visits and assessments and teaching first aid and CPR to local high school teachers, all while working side-by-side with Haitian nursing students and nurses."

WIU senior nursing students who made the trip were Brianna Pasbrig, of Springfield, IL; Michalla Rodey, of New Lenox, IL; Aliyya Johnson, of Edwardsville, IL; and Madeline Gibson, of Peoria, IL.

"Without a doubt this had to be one of the most meaningful experiences of my career, and I know the students have gained a new perspective and appreciation for healthcare professionals functioning in challenging environments," said White. "The four seniors who are about to graduate will take this experience with them throughout their life's work."

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