CU School of Nursing visits Haiti on fifth mission trip

CU School of Nursing visits Haiti on fifth mission trip

Aug. 1, 2014
For Immediate Release


Campbellsville University’s School of Nursing made its fifth trip to Haiti in July. From left are: Front row -- Vennita (Haitian nurse), Emily Reddington (physical therapy assistant, Ohio), Hillary Hutchinson (CU nursing student, Columbia, Ky.), Chelsea Jeffries (CU nurse graduate, Elizabethtown, Ky.), Michele Snipp (Western Kentucky University social work student, Taylorsville, Ky.), Ester (Haitian translator), Hannah White (CU nurse graduate, Elizabethtown, Ky.), Susan Reddrick (RN at Hardin Memorial Hospital, Bardstown, Ky.), and Rachel Smith (CU nursing student, Louisville, Ky.) Middle row -- Laura Thomas (CU nurse graduate, Cecilia, Ky.), Kayci Fisher (CU nursing student, Westmoreland, Tenn.), Tawana Eastridge (KORT Physical therapy assistant, Campbellsville, Ky.), Kari Greene (nursing student, Louisville, Ky.), Julie Smith (CU nursing student, Horseheads, N.Y.), Mandi Thompson (UPS Supervisor, Greensburg, Ky.), Angie Atwood (CU assistant professor of nursing, Greensburg, Ky.) Back row -- Freddy Scruggs (retired, Westmoreland, Tenn.), Kevin Atwood (Ingersoll Rand assembler, Greensburg, Ky.), Mason Atwood (Green County Middle School student, Greensburg, Ky.), Olivia Parrott (CU nursing student, Greensburg, Ky.), Mary Chris Denison (CU nurse graduate, Horse Cave, Ky.), and Melony Sharpe (KORT patient service specialist, Greensburg, Ky.)

By Joan C. McKinney, news and publications coordinator

Campbellsville University’s School of Nursing held two large medical clinics and two smaller clinics in Haiti on a mission trip July 23-29.

 
Angie Atwood, assistant professor of nursing
at Campbellsville University, makes a friend in
Haiti.

A team of 20, including Angie Atwood, assistant professor of nursing, current nursing students, nursing graduates and members of the community, held the large medical clinics in countryside churches and two smaller clinics at orphanages.

“We prayed with each family at the clinics and provided physical needs using medications and beans and rice to over 1,100 Haitian people during our time in Haiti,” Atwood said.

“We loved playing with the children at the orphanages and the team was heartbroken as we witnessed them eating and sleeping on the concrete floors,” she said.

Atwood said the group toured two hospitals in Haiti and all gained an increased awareness of the United States being a blessed nation with modern healthcare resources.

“We all gave thanks for air conditioning in our homes, clean water and soft beds,” she said.

 

“It is hard to understand why we are so blessed, and they suffer with extreme poverty, but we know that God is good and we were used to glorify Him as we shared the gospel and

helped me the physical needs of the Haitian people,” Atwood said.

This is the fifth mission trip to Haiti by Campbellsville University’s School of Nursing.

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,600 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.

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Michele Snipp, left, and Rachel Smith serve rice to children during children ministry and are concerned about the small amount of rice and large number of children to feed.