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Opportunities for Nursing Students

With Volunteering, Courses & Scholarships, the Red Cross Can Help You
Prepare for Your Career

Follow in the Footsteps of Generations of
Famous Nursing Leaders

For more than fifty years, nursing students have helped the American Red Cross deliver critical community services. Volunteering will give you hands-on experience with relevant nursing skills and can lead to a lifelong opportunity for service. Volunteer today!

Volunteer Opportunities

How You Can Get Involved with the Red Cross

  • Disaster Action Team (respond during local emergencies such as home fires)
  • Disaster Preparedness (improve community preparedness before an emergency)
  • Emergency Communications for Military Families
  • Blood Drives, Health Education, First Aid Stations, Immunizations and Health Screening
  • Join a Red Cross Club or Young Professionals Group
  • Apply to the National Youth Council or National Young Professionals Council
  • Statewide community health initiatives in conjunction with the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) and Red Cross partnership
  • Collaboration with the Red Cross Nursing Network for projects, public speaking, Red Cross committees and boards
  • Public Relations, Administrative Services Support, Computer/technical Support
  • Working with the Medical Reserve Corps or Public Health department as a Red Cross Volunteer
  • To learn about about specific volunteer opportunities available in your community, please contact Your Local Red Cross.

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    What Students Say About Volunteering with the Red Cross

    "I worked hard and enjoyed having to use my knowledge, skills and creativity!"

    "I liked being involved in ‘meaningful’ projects!"

    "It was fun and enlightening working with such diverse and dedicated people."

    "…the commitment and enthusiasm were catching."

    "Prospective employers were impressed with my ‘real work’ experience."

    Apply for the Jane Delano Student Nurse Scholarship

    Jane Delano was the principal organizer of the Red Cross Nursing Service. Thanks to her efforts, more than 20,000 Red Cross nurses served in World War I. She died in France in 1919, while traveling on behalf of the Red Cross. In recognition of her service to our country, she received the Distinguished Service Medal and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

    The Red Cross honors her memory through the Jane Delano Student Nurse Scholarship which promotes nursing as a career and encourages new nurses to get involved with the Red Cross. A limited number of scholarships are awarded each year.

    Applications are due in May and applicants are notified in July each year.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    The scholarship is available to nursing students (undergraduate or graduate) who have contributed volunteer service to or are employees of an American Red Cross Unit.

    Scholarship funds may be applied towards tuition, books and academic fees only. Recipients of the Jane Delano Student Nurse Scholarship and their Red Cross units are notified by the Office of the Chief Nurse. A unit may be a chapter; Humanitarian Services region; Blood Services region; Preparedness, Health, and Safety Services territory; or Service to the Armed Forces station.

    For additional information, please email us.

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    2017 Jane Delano Student Nurse Scholarship Awarded to Athena Plitchta

    Plichta is a nursing student in the RN to BSN program of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and a Red Cross volunteer at the U.S. Naval Support Activity Station in Naples, Italy.

    For her full story, please see the Summer 2017 issue of Nursing Matters

    Other Ways to Get Involved

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    Earn Your Nursing Student Pin

    This pin recognizes the contributions of nursing students who are providing valuable Red Cross services to their communities. If you are a nursing student who has worked for the Red Cross in a volunteer or paid capacity for 10 or more hours, you can get your pin! The silver and blue pin is inscribed with the words, "Nursing Student…Answering Humanity's Call."

    It can be ordered through your local Red Cross Chapter.

    National Student Nurse Association

    Are you a member of the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA)? The Red Cross is proud to participate in your annual convention and midyear conference. Please attend the Red Cross presentations!