Minot nurses returning to Haiti to help treat locals

MINOT, N.D.- Last year Melissa Fettig and Renee Duncan traveled to Haiti, bringing medicine and supplies to people in need. Now, they’re headed back to help again.

Courtesy: Melissa Fettig

"It’s a very poor country but they're very loving people. They're very happy people," said MSU nursing instructor Renee Duncan.

These nurses are visiting the Haitian people again--and this time, they're bringing some help with them.

"It was the opportunity as a nursing student to make a difference in a different country. To learn about their culture which is something we really focus on in nursing school, is delivering culturally competent care," said nursing student Alexandra Hemingson.

"We're very excited to go back and wanted to share the experience with some nursing students so they could experience it, as well," said Duncan.

Even though the nurses are crossing borders and oceans, Fettig says the travel is worth it.

"This country is just not that far from the US. Some people take a vacation within the United States that’s further away than us going to Haiti," said director of student health and development at Minot State Melissa Fettig.

These nurses funded the trip all by themselves.

"Used our money to purchase the airline tickets, and the rest of the stuff, the products we need to take down, the medications and all that stuff, is given to us through donations. People give us money and we use that to purchase items," Duncan said.

Bringing some of the love of the Peace Garden State, to people across the globe.

If you would like to help the nurses' effort, you can make a check out to Third World Missions and send it to Minot State University, 500 University Ave. West, Minot, N.D., 58701.