Auxiliary Nurse Training


Training day!  We all met up at a cute/sweltering hot meeting center a few miles away from the hotel.  Over the course of the day we showed~40 auxiliary nurses how to use the app. They speak little to no English, but luckily we had some worldly coworkers along to help us:  Sheena speaks Haitian Creole and Alex speaks French, both of which are common languages in Haiti.   Eldivert, the tech guy from Acdivoca and mastermind of TBS, their current data storage system, helped to lead the training session.

A thoughtful Morelli looking over the shoulders of the auxiliary nurses

A thoughtful Morelli looking over the shoulders of the auxiliary nurses

Though many people in Haiti know how to use basic cell phones, most of the nurses had no experience using a touchscreen or a smart phone.  We went through basic smart phone 101 (turning it on and off, using the touchscreen, menu/home/back buttons) and then moved into how to use the app (all the while standing as close to the AC unit as possible). After picking up the basic features of a smart phone, most of the nurses seem to catch on very quickly.

About halfway through the training session something happened that all programmers and project managers dread.  Our pretty app’s interface was sitting up there on the projector hanging out, doing its thing.  Then suddenly a message very familiar to Android programmers popped up: “Sorry!  The application POSIT (process org.hfoss.posit.android) has stopped unexpectedly!  Please try again.”  There was actually an audible disturbance in the room when they saw our panicked faces (just kidding…) We took a quick improvised break to try to figure out what happened:  it turns out Eldivert had typed a particularly long Haitian name into the form, which caused the resulting SMS message to be greater than 160 characters.  Woops…

Trying to figure out what caused the crash!

Trying to figure out what caused the crash!

Afterward, we ate a delicious (as usual) Haitian meal and enjoyed the soothing sounds of a giant peacock that was walking around.

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