Although she is no longer in active military duty, "my heart is in the Army Nurse Corps," said Mari Pohlhaus, and her thoughts since the gulf war began have focused on how to help fellow nurses serving there.
An important resource that medical personnel in war situations lack is a library, reasoned Ms. Pohlhaus, now a graduate student in nursing at Catholic University. In normal situations, "if we encounter a problem, we run down to the library and read up on it. But you don't have libraries in evacuation hospitals."
So the Prince George's County resident -- who was an Army nurse for 10 years -- has begun a campaign to collect textbooks and journals to send to the gulf. She asked 15 area schools of nursing to set up donations boxes, and last week posted her first shipment of more than 200 pounds of reading and reference materials.
The effort is sponsored in part by The Nurse Practitioner Association of the District of Columbia, which is helping pay the cost of postage. Anyone interested in helping the effort can write to Ms. Pohlhaus or send books to: 920 Cyprus Point Circle, Mitchellville, Md. 20721.
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