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National Nurses Week – We Celebrate Our Nurses


It’s National Nurses Week - May 6-12 - and Linda MacIntyre, PhD, RN, Chief Nurse for the American Red Cross, offers the following message to Red Cross nurses, our partners and all those who support nurses in serving individuals and communities across the globe:

“Happy Nurses Week! We’re celebrating nurses, our partners and those who support nurses in serving individuals and communities across the globe.

“This year I’d like to extend special thanks to our partners and health professional organizations. During last year’s unprecedented string of large disasters, they shared messages calling for health and mental health professionals to respond. Their amazing networking brought new volunteers to the Red Cross to help serve communities in need. My hope is that of the 5,000+ people who responded, new volunteers will continue this work and those who were not able to participate will complete their volunteer application, training and gain experience to be ready to respond.”


  • bring compassion and expertise
  • provide education and prevention –we’ll never know how much suffering is mitigated due to these efforts
  • listen, provide support and link individuals with needed resources –lives were saved this past year by nurses
  • use their knowledge and skills in direct care
  • lead by example
  • donate and promote blood donation
  • recruit volunteers who represent diverse communities
  • educate about measles and rubella to prevent children from dying
  • support members of the military and their families
  • advocate, on the ground and through policy development
  • seek life-long learning and encourage students
  • advocate for vulnerable populations while recognizing their strengths
  • use social media to share lifesaving information
  • recognize the value of each person
  • collaborate to be more effective
  • “Some nurses prevented suffering and other nurses responded to mitigate it. MacIntyre continued. “You worked collaboratively in the humanitarian mission of the Red Cross. There is more work to do – locally, behind the scene, remotely and as leaders. For more information about health professional volunteer opportunities, please email or click here to Become a Volunteer.

    “Thank you for sharing your expertise with the Red Cross to serve individuals and communities across the globe. You are making a difference and shaping the future. Happy Nurses Week!”

    About the American Red Cross:

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.