Deborah Burger is with the California Nurses Association and National Nurses United. She says she’ll be dealing with much different working conditions in Haiti. That will be challenging but Burger says not necessarily a bad thing. She says nurses around the state do training exercises on how to respond after an earthquake. But Burger says that’s nothing like what they’ll learn in Haiti.
“What will be an advantage for California is the fact that we will be sending nurses from California to an earthquake situation where they will see first hand what it’s like to be without running water, electricity, without a real medical facility.”
Burger says she’ll be treating patients with infections from open wounds and severe fractures that could require amputation. She says she might even have to work on a ship stationed in a harbor of Port-au-Prince.