By Kelly Brooks-Staub and Diana Schulin
Hard labor, health screenings, and dormitory-style bunk beds-not the usual trappings of a college student’s spring break. But for one dozen nursing students from Johns Hopkins University, traveling to New Orleans to help victims of Hurricane Katrina was just how they wanted to spend their holiday. Team NOLA helped with construction and renovation of homes in the Lower Ninth Ward through the organization Lowernine.org and volunteered at the Lower Ninth Ward Health Clinic, St. Anna’s Medical Mission, and Touro Infirmary Emergency Department. For four days, they went from door to door throughout the Holy Cross neighborhood to conduct health screenings.