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National Nurses Week - How Nurses Contribute


Red Cross health volunteers are helping people impacted by the tornado that hit Mayflower, Arkansas last week. Emergency Aid Stations are set up throughout the area where people can get medical attention and help replacing prescriptions and eyeglasses.

Nurses are part of the Red Cross response to the recent tornadoes and floods.

It's National Nurses Week and the American Red Cross recognizes the important contributions of the more than 15,000 nurses who serve in staff and volunteer positions at all levels of the Red Cross.

“The Red Cross extends its gratitude to all of our nurses,” said Linda MacIntyre, Red Cross Chief Nurse. “Thousands of nurses work at local and national levels to help the Red Cross achieve its mission. We appreciate their dedication and leadership.”

Nurses are an important part of Disaster Services, serving as members of Disaster Action Teams (DAT) and disaster mental health teams, tending to the emotional needs of victims in the aftermath of the emergency. Presently volunteer nurses are part of the Red Cross response to the recent tornadoes and floods, providing emergency first aid and assessing the health care needs of individuals affected by these severe storms.

HOW NURSES SERVE For more than 125 years, nurses have been an important part of the mission of the American Red Cross, providing assistance during times of disaster and conflict. Today nurses provide a health perspective for the Red Cross, serving in many capacities. See our nurses in action in this slide show.

Nurses develop and teach Biomedical Services courses and procedures. They serve in management and supervisory roles at chapter and blood service regions, many in executive positions. Nurses hold leadership roles as Regional, State and Division Nurse Leaders and as members of the Red Cross national Board of Governors as well as board members on the local level.

Nurses volunteer in military clinics and hospitals. They confirm medical information for Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) emergency communications, help families and members of the military as they deploy and return from deployments and facilitate the SAF programs “Coping with Deployment” and “Reconnection Workshops”.

A relatively new program, “Nurses Educating to Help Save Lives,” involves nurses and nursing students supporting Red Cross Blood Services by educating first-time blood donors and encouraging people who have already given blood to give again. Volunteer nurses also assist at blood drives, helping blood donors navigate the process, providing support and education.

Nurses help develop Preparedness and Health Safety Services courses and teach Red Cross classes in CPR and First Aid, Babysitting and Family Caregiving. The

Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training is taught by registered nurses and is available at different locations across the country, providing the skills needed to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

Red Cross nurses make a difference. You too can be a Red Cross Nurse. For more information, visit the Red Cross volunteer information.

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.