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Marie Dwyer - Making a Difference in Haiti

11/4/2011

As someone who holds a BSN from MCPHS and who’s fluent in French Creole, Marie Dwyer MSN ’96 was definitely a good person to have in Haiti after the May 2010 earthquake.

She traveled to Port-au-Prince for 10 days and worked in University Hospital, helping doctors handle probably the worst humanitarian crisis the island nation has ever seen. Her work experience in an ambulatory care setting was a major asset. “Due to limited time in an outpatient environment, critical thinking and proper assessment is paramount.”

Back home, Dwyer sits on the board of the BHHST (Boston Haiti Health Support Team), which was founded by a group of nurses--most of Haitian descent--to support long term health needs of Haiti.

Regarding her time at MCPHS, she is grateful the College made it easy for her to work and study simultaneously. “I enjoyed the adult learning-centered atmosphere,” she recalls, “especially the flexible schedules that actually fit my working schedule. I enjoyed the camaraderie of my classmates.” Today, her relationship with MCPHS is even deeper. Currently she’s on the MCPHS Corporation Board and the Alumni Board of Directors. She’s also active in alumni activities and believes that MCPHS provides is a great place to learn.

“The focus at the College,” she says, “is on creating a learner-centered environments, where students learn empowerment, competence, self-confidence and critical thinking about clients.”

 

As someone who holds a BSN from MCPHS and who’s fluent in French Creole, Marie Dwyer (MSN ’96) was definitely a good person to have in Haiti after the May 2010 earthquake.

She traveled to Port-au-Prince for 10 days and worked in University Hospital, helping doctors handle probably the worst humanitarian crisis the island nation has ever seen. Her work experience in an ambulatory care setting was a major asset. “Due to limited time in an outpatient environment, critical thinking and proper assessment is paramount.”

Back home, Dwyer sits on the board of the BHHST (Boston Haiti Health Support Team), which was founded by a group of nurses--most of Haitian descent--to support long term health needs of Haiti.

Regarding her time at MCPHS, she is grateful the College made it easy for her to work and study simultaneously. “I enjoyed the adult learning-centered atmosphere,” she recalls, “especially the flexible schedules that actually fit my working schedule. I enjoyed the camaraderie of my classmates.” Today, her relationship with MCPHS is even deeper. Currently she’s on the MCPHS Corporation Board and the Alumni Board of Directors. She’s also active in alumni activities and believes that MCPHS provides is a great place to learn.

“The focus at the College,” she says, “is on creating a learner-centered environments, where students learn empowerment, competence, self-confidence and critical thinking about clients.”