Red Cross Nurses Support Measles and Rubella Initiative
Naomi Mendoza, RN, adjusts blood-pressure cuff on patient at Reynolds Army Community Hospital on Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. She serves as a volunteer Red Cross Nurse in the Urgent Care Clinic. Her duties include patient check-in, taking and monitoring vitals and ensuring that all patients receive the highest quality of nursing care. Mendoza has been a volunteer at Ft. Sill since August, 2015.
Suzanne Bucci, RN, OB/Gyn NP, and Red Cross volunteer for 15 years, served as a nurse in the US Air Force Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine (AIM) Center at Joint Base-Andrews, MD. She is an Army veteran, the wife of a retired Army officer, and the mother of two adult children, one of which has served in the Army. Mrs. Bucci has volunteered in the local communities where she and her husband were located since she separated from the Army.
Kimberly Manges, BSN, RN and American Red Cross Volunteer since 2014, conducts community outreach projects on behalf of the Traumatic Brain Injury Team for the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan. She helps to educate the 55,000 military beneficiaries on the importance of preventing traumatic brain injuries.
Barbara Nelson, RN, CDE, and Red Cross Volunteer since 1984, has been giving her time at US Naval Hospital Rota in Rota, Spain since June of 2010. Mrs. Nelson has been working with Doctors, Corpsmen, and Patients as a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) in addition to general nursing during her time in Rota.
Camilla Smith, RN and Red Cross Volunteer for 5 years, is a BS graduate of the University of Maryland, majoring in Gerontology and minoring in Biology. She volunteers at the 48th Medical Group, USAF Regional Hospital, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, UK. She is the spouse of an active duty service member stationed at RAF MIldenhall, England.
Danny Chacon is a valued RN and Red Cross volunteer at US Naval Hospital Naples, assisting in the Ambulatory Procedures Unit and the Post Anesthesia Care Unit. With over 700 hours of volunteer service since October, 2015, Danny’s contributions as an RN and as SAF Station Naples’ Health and Safety Program Lead are endless. He is a military spouse and veteran, previously serving as a Navy Corpsman before becoming an RN in May 2014.
Katarina Johnstone volunteers through the American Red Cross as a nurse at Naples Elementary School in Naples, Italy. Katarina has been a Red Cross volunteer since 2005 while in nursing school; she assisted on-site with Hurricane Katrina and fires in San Diego. Now living in Italy with her husband and two children, she comes in every week to help young patients and assist the school nurse using her years of experience as both an RN and Red Cross volunteer.
Maryann Williams has been a nurse since 2001 and is also a military spouse raising children. Maryann began at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) as a volunteer in the fall of 2015, when she helped to deliver the Flu Vaccine. She is now working in Physical Medicine, where having a volunteer nurse helps to provide continuity in a military hospital where active-duty staff is constantly changing.
Stephanie Broughton is an RN volunteering with the Red Cross in the Occupational Health Clinic at US Naval Hospital Naples, Italy. Before arriving in Naples, Stephanie worked in the cardiovascular unit at the Mayo Clinic. She is a wife, mother, and full-time student who never fails to give back to her community every week as a nurse and a CPR/AED/First Aid instructor.
Tammy Jackson has proven to be an invaluable volunteer since she joined the Red Cross volunteer nurse team for the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center as an ICU nurse. She has earned the highest respect from her colleagues in the Intensive Care Unit, as being dependable, reliable and always willing to pitch in, even with the unpredictable patient count that comes with working in an ICU. Tammy keeps a regular schedule that gives the full-time civilian and uniform personnel that extra hand necessary to provide outstanding patient care to those who are most in need.
Donna Siegrist, RN, MSN and American Red Cross volunteer since 1972, is seen here with 97-year-old Lloyd, U.S. Army Veteran who resides at Brethren Retirement Center in Greenville, Ohio. Donna is a twelve-year veteran with the United States Army. She visits veterans monthly in Darke County assisted living facilities as part of the Chapter’s Veteran Visitation program. Donna is a graduate of Edison University, Indiana University, University of Phoenix and is also a Community Disaster Educator, Disaster Nurse, PHSS instructor and Home Fire Campaign educator.
Sharon Jamison, RN, has been a Red Cross volunteer for 10 years. Many of those years, she has spent serving the military community at the Winder Family Medicine Clinic at Madigan Army Medical Center located on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. As an Advanced Practice Nurse, Jamieson provides patient tobacco/nicotine use assessment and evidence based tobacco/nicotine cessation strategies during weekly, scheduled classes for up to five soldiers and family members. Ms. Jamieson works with the Winder nursing staff and Behavioral Health providers to ensure patients receive quality care.
Selina Amador, RN, volunteers for the American Red Cross in the Yokota Air Base Hospital. She splits her time as the Hospital Co-Chairman and as the Training Management Technician within the Education & Training department. Originally from Texas, Selina is a military spouse new to Japan.
It’s National Nurses Week and the American Red Cross recognizes the thousands of nurses and student nurses who serve the organization today.
During National Nurses Week, the Red Cross National Nursing Committee (NNC) announces it is supporting the American Red Cross Measles and Rubella Initiative with a goal of raising $50,000 in the next year to help control the spread of measles around the world.
The NNC will work closely with partner nursing organizations and their memberships to encourage donations to the fund. The plan is to encourage members of the Nursing Network at the Red Cross as well as nursing organizations that have a national and International mission to support the Measles and Rubella Initiative and eradicate measles by the year 2020. You can support this effort here.
What is the Measles and Rubella Initiative? In 2001 the American Red Cross, United Nations Foundation, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF and World Health Organization launched the Measles and Rubella Initiative to help control the spread of measles and reduce measles-related deaths.
The partnership first took aim at making a difference in Africa. That aim expanded and in the last 15 years, the American Red Cross and its Initiative partners have helped to vaccinate two billion children in 88 developing countries. The partners provide technical and financial support to governments and communities, supporting mass vaccination campaigns, improving immunization services and establishing effective disease surveillance.
The NNC is comprised of nurses and other leaders from all Red Cross lines of service as well as members in other health and mental health professions who work to promote and guide nursing and other health professional involvement across the Red Cross.
BECOME A RED CROSS NURSE Red Cross nurses have been contributing to their communities and country almost since the inception of the American Red Cross. Today they respond to disasters, providing health services such as minor first aid and replacing lost medications and eyeglasses. They volunteer in military clinics and hospitals, supporting members of the Armed Forces.
Red Cross nurses help promote blood donations. They teach and help develop courses such as CPR and First Aid, Disaster Health Services, Nurse Assistant Training and Babysitting. Nurses also serve in management and supervisory roles in Red Cross chapters and blood regions and in leadership roles on local Red Cross boards and the national Board of Governors.
If you are an RN, LPN, LVN, CNA or student in any of these professions, consider becoming a Red Cross volunteer. Contact your local Red Cross to learn about volunteer openings in your community.
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 redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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