Red Cross Nursing
Strengthening Community Resiliency
...born of a desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield... to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found. Its purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for the human being.-Fundamental Principle of the American Red Cross
For more than a century, American Red Cross nurses have brought care and comfort to people in need. Whether directing Disaster Health Services while checking a client's blood pressure during Hurricane Isaac in Picayune, Mississippi in 2012, or teaching a young mother how to safely bathe her baby in Appalachia in 1914 with the Red Cross Town and Country Nursing Service, nurses have been leaders in delivering care through the American Red Cross.
Nursing goals include strengthening community resiliency through carrying out the Red Cross mission and supporting an already strong Red Cross in their status as the #1 trusted profession in our nation.
To implement the modernization needed in the 21st Century, the American Red Cross National Nursing Committee developed a Blueprint that draws from the Institute of Medicine (the “IOM”) report: The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. This report is the result of a two-year study by the IOM and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that examines the nursing profession and provides guidance to improve health care delivery in an ever-changing healthcare environment.
Three of the eight IOM Report recommendations are especially relevant to Red Cross nursing:
The current infrastructure for Red Cross Nursing is built on the foundation that nurse visionary, Jane Delano, laid over 100 years ago.
*Portrait of Jane Delano, First Lady of Red Cross Nursing
Today, the Chief Nurse sets strategic goals that support health integration into Red Cross corporate and business line goals and represents the face of Red Cross nursing externally to the public and professional nursing organizations. The majority of Red Cross nurses and the Red Cross workforce are volunteers, so a volunteer National Chair of Nursing serves as a co-lead with the Chief Nurse. The National Nursing Committee, a strategic advisory and action oriented body, serves to represent Red Cross health efforts, guiding the organization’s leaders on the most effective way to engage nurses to accomplish the Red Cross mission and better serve our communities.
The American Red Cross Nursing Network is comprised of all Red Cross Nurses. The Nursing Network leaders recruit and support nurses and other health professionals across all business lines to implement strategic goals of the American Red Cross as articulated in the Volunteer Services Chief Nurse Initiatives. The American Red Cross is divided into geographic Divisions, Regions and Chapters for service Delivery. Each Division has a Division Nurse Leaders (DNLs), who appoints a team of Associate Division Nurse Leaders (ADNLs), to support Regional Nurse Leaders (RNLs).
Regional Nurse Leaders are the front-line leaders of the Nursing Network who partner with the Regional Volunteer Services Officers to recruit and retain health professional volunteers to meet regional needs. They promote the recruitment and volunteer engagement of health professionals and satisfaction across the business lines and work to achieve the Chief Nurse Initiatives.
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Today’s nurses are building on a rich history of nursing leadership in the Red Cross. The Future of Red Cross Nursing: A Blueprint for Action has the Red Cross President and senior leadership support for a strong nursing future to yield a stronger Red Cross overall. We hope that it engages your support, as well.
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