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Haitian students visit McMaster School of Nursing

Published: February 7, 2011
Barbara Fumelus and Nicole Mathurin
From left: Barbara Fumelus and Nicole Mathurin, nursing students from Haiti

Two Haitian nursing students who survived last year's earthquake visited McMaster University's School of Nursing to share their experience, identify the needs of their fellow students at home and learn about the McMaster nursing program. They are also going to placements to learn more about community and rural health care in Canada.

The visit by Barbara Fumelus and Nicole Mathurin has been sponsored by the nursing school, Hamilton Nurses for Haiti and the Canadian Nursing Students Association. At the association's annual conference the Haitian students told of their experience in the earthquake when many of their fellow nursing students were killed as the National School of Nursing in Port-au-Prince collapsed.

The students' visit builds on the relationships formed through the McMaster-Haiti women's health project taken on by the McMaster schools of nursing, medicine and midwifery program a few years ago, and a visit to Haiti last fall by Anita Fisher, an associate professor of the nursing school.

"Nursing in Haiti has been devastated by the earthquake and the need for support is apparent at every level," said Fisher. "Barbara and Nicole's stories and experiences are truly inspirational. It has been a very rich week of learning for these young nursing students and those working closest with them."

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