When North­eastern nursing alumna Chris­tine Bruni reflects on the 12– to 24-​​hour shifts she worked in Haiti’s largest field hos­pital caring for patients who sur­vived January’s dev­as­tating earth­quake, it will be the tender moments that stand out most clearly.

She watched as a friend­ship blos­somed between two 8-​​year-​​old boys whose fam­i­lies per­ished in the dis­aster. She hugged a smiling little girl, whose leg had to be amputated.

And Bruni, a 2001 grad­uate who works in the labor and delivery unit at Boston’s Beth Israel Dea­coness Med­ical Center, mar­veled at the resiliency of the human spirit. “Even those people who have nothing are so grateful and appre­cia­tive,” she said.

She vol­un­teered for two weeks — from Jan. 30 to Feb. 14 — at a makeshift med­ical clinic in Fond Parisien, Haiti.

Fond Parisien’s Love A Child, Inc., a non­profit human­i­tarian and mis­sionary orga­ni­za­tion, donated the land where the university-​​based Har­vard Human­i­tarian Ini­tia­tive estab­lished a dis­aster recovery and med­ical com­pound for more than 1,000 earth­quake victims.

Bruni diag­nosed hyper­ten­sion, cared for chil­dren with post-​​traumatic stress dis­order and admin­is­tered pain med­ica­tions to post-​​op patients at the Love A Child site.

One infant lost an arm and a leg in a sur­gical pro­ce­dure. “We were trying to con­trol their pain,” Bruni explained, “but patients were crying and they couldn’t sleep.”

Bruni set up a well­ness clinic on the com­pound, stocking it with donated goods from all over the world.

She also triaged roughly 200 patients per day at a tiny hos­pital at Fond Parisien’s Christ for All church and at an orphanage on the out­skirts of Port-​​au-​​Prince.

Overall, she treated 2,000 patients. But it was never easy.

The sheer bru­tality in the after­math of the dis­aster — such as assaults on chil­dren who had already sur­vived many hor­rors —made it dif­fi­cult to cope. “It was heart­breaking to see some of the things that I saw,” she said.

Even so, Bruni hopes to return for another vol­un­teer stint. “I’m so sad to leave because I won’t know what hap­pened to all of the chil­dren,” she said, “but I’d absolutely love to go back someday and see the progress.”