Local nurse helps people in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria


EUREKA, Calif. - A nurse at St. Joseph's Hospital is one of around 50 nurses chosen by the Registered Nurse Response Network to help people in Puerto Rico after the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria.

Randee Litten was notified this past Saturday that she was chosen to aid Puerto Rico according to Nursing Director Traci Siler.

"She had told me she was interested in humanitarian work overseas," Siler said. "Saturday night she called me and told me she'd been accepted, and I didn't even hesitate, we would make it work."

Siler said that Litten's flight left Wednesday morning and that she was given no information on where she would be or how long she would be gone.

"All she was told was she will be working 12-18 hour shifts," Siler said. "But for Randee that won't even phase her."

Litten also started a GoFundMe page to help with travel. A large portion of the funds will also go directly to the people in Puerto Rico. St. Joesph's said they are matching donations made by their employees.

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