Nurse Education Spotlight: RoseLourde

Our guest blogger is Sarah Curley, Nurse Educator for MFK.

RoseLourde, Registered Nurse, has been working for the past four years alongside Siliac, Health Care Agent, in the mountain community of Bahon.

She is in her mid-twenties, married, and hasn’t yet had children of her own. However she cares for an ‘adopted’ 13 year old family-friend’s daughter. RoseLourde and her husband ensure she goes to school, is clothed and fed, and nurture all the teenage questions young girls have.

Every Tuesday RoseLourdes takes the two-hour journey from Quartier Morin to Bahon. The four-by-four truck navigates the potholes, crosses two rivers, and climbs up half a mountain.

She has admitted seventy-seven children into the program in 2017 alone. Each of these children come to the clinic with their parents and require up to three months of weekly assessments and treatment. Many of them require hospitalization and not all survive. This population is incredible poor and with poor access to primary care. RoseLourdes is one of very few medical professionals that goes to this village.

One of many of RoseLourde’s skills is education. Every Tuesday morning she chooses a new subject to talk to the group of parents about. Hand washing, vitamin C, breastfeeding, and even Zika virus are some examples. She spends time teaching, then asking questions to evaluate the groups understanding.

RoseLourde then spends several other days each week working at a clinic in her village. Nurses in Haiti work to their full scope of practice, and their knowledge base is vast.

Living in poverty means many uncertain tomorrows. The constant presence of Nurse RoseLourde offers security for the families in Bahon. Everyone knows RoseLourde will arrive Tuesday morning to greet them with a warm smile and ensure that their children suffering from malnutrition are being properly assessed and treated. At the end of clinic, the pickup truck is usually full of moms and sleeping babies, full of mamba, and they ride down part of the mountain until they tap the truck to let the chauffeur know they have arrived by their home. RoseLourde waves goodbye, until next week as the moms carry the sachets on top their heads, babies on hips, and head towards their home.