In the news: 5,000 nurses willing to fly to Haiti, but flights remain scarce

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, January 18, 2010

Nearly 5,000 nurses have signed up through National Nurses United to fly to Haiti and provide much needed medical assistance to residents of the country who have suffered enormous loss after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

However, the nurses are having difficulties finding a way to get to the island. The Port-au-Prince airport was damaged in the quake and flights have been limited. The seaports are also damaged. A civilian disaster-relief group of doctors and nurses, organized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is expected to arrive in the next few days, reports the Chronicle.

A group of roughly 15 nurses with National Nurses United plan to fly to Florida from San Francisco and attempt to get to Haiti from there. Deborah Burger, president of National Nurses United, said it's not a lot but it's all they can manage in these early days of recovery.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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