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National Nurses Week – Red Cross Celebrates Its Nurses


Tomorrow is the start of 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! Once again 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 all who promote well-being, mitigate suffering and prevent loss of life. You do this in many ways:

  • recruit and engage volunteers to increase the number of people served
  • respond to disasters, both large and small
  • develop and implement guidelines to promote safety and well-being across the organization
  • promote blood donation
  • support the health and mental health of individuals and families, including members of the military
  • recruit nursing and health leaders with diverse backgrounds and expertise
  • participate in the Home Fire Campaign
  • raise funds to increase measles and rubella immunizations worldwide
  • teach us how to better support individuals with access and functional needs, including those with disabilities
  • advocate for vulnerable populations while recognizing their strengths
  • serve as leaders and mentors
  • support students in community service
  • teach health and safety classes
  • provide subject matter expertise on health and mental health issues
  • disseminate lifesaving information through social media
  • and more…
  • “Many of you may never know how your work promoted well-being, prevented the loss of a life or mitigated suffering, yet you continue to share your talents and resources with the Red Cross. You are the unsung heroes!

    “Your work is important. There’s an ongoing need for health professional volunteers across the organization --in Biomedical Services, Disaster Health & Mental Health Services, International Services, Service to the Armed Forces, and Preparedness Health & Safety Services. By filling Nursing Network Regional Nurse Leader open positions and recruiting Nursing Network Engagement Specialists to support them, we can recruit and engage volunteers to deliver needed services to the community. For more information about health professional volunteer opportunities, please email or click here to Become a Volunteer.

    “Showing kindness and respect to every person, fostering relationships and providing care will outlast our job titles and resumes. I appreciate that you listen to the people you serve, that you share your skills and talents with the Red Cross and I’m grateful for your focus on solutions that work for all. Thank you for your dedication, service and leadership. 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.