Richland High graduate hopes to help Haiti

Richland High graduate, Heather Ruggeberg (right) is hoping to travel to Haiti to practice nursing.

TRI-CITIES, Wash. – A Richland native and Richland High graduate is hoping to take her healing skills to help people in Haiti who are still suffering from devastating earthquakes and recent hurricanes.

Help Heather Help Haiti

Heather Ruggeberg is in her last semester of nursing school in at Chamberlin University in Arizona and was one of 20 people selected nationally to participate in a global health trip.

She said she's overwhelmed to have the opportunity to bring her passion for nursing to hundreds of people who would otherwise not have access to healthcare.

"I really enjoy helping others and it's very heartwarming and humbling knowing I can make a difference in other people's lives," Ruggeberg said.

She said by taking this trip, she hopes to better understand what people in developing countries are going through and raise awareness about the need for better healthcare worldwide.

“It will be an eye-opening experience,” she said.

Some of the expected care she will be providing includes, but is not limited to:

  • Hypertension
  • Malnutrition – adult and children
  • Malaria, dengue, zika
  • Worm Infestation (intestinal and/or skin manifestation)
  • Upper Respiratory Infections, Tuberculosis
  • GI problems
  • Eye problems
  • Dehydration
  • Various Skin lesions/infections/rashes?Scabies/lice, fleabites, Impetigo
  • Low Back Pain, Headaches, Dental Carries/Abscesses
  • Vaginal infections

If you'd like to support Heather travel to help Haiti, you can visit her gofundme page.

A Career in Nursing

Ruggeberg’s grandfather was the one who inspired her to pursue a career in nursing.

“Growing up my grandpa was a big part of my life,” Ruggeberg said.

After he suffered two major strokes, Ruggeberg helped care for him every day.

“Taking care of my grandpa and watching him make such a huge turn around really inspired me to help others in the same situation,” she said.

Before studying nursing at Chamberlin University, Ruggeberg attended Tri-Tech Skills Center for her pre-nursing courses and that’s where she received her CNA.

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