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The American Red Cross Salutes Its Nurses during National Nurses Month

Missoula, MT, May 25, 2016—Every year, May is the month when nurses of all varieties are recognized and celebrated. At the Red Cross, we recognize the important contributions of the thousands of nurses who serve in staff and volunteer positions at all levels of the organization.

“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,” said Wendy McGrew, Regional Volunteer Services Officer for the American Red Cross of Idaho and Montana. “The Red Cross values its nurses and we thank them for their outstanding service.”


Red Cross nurses serve in many capacities.

They are an important part of Red Cross Disaster Services, serving as members of disaster response teams and disaster mental health teams, assessing the healthcare needs and proving emotional support to victims in the aftermath of the emergency. They also provide emergency first aid to individuals affected by disasters great and small.

Red Cross Nurses develop and teach blood services medical 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.

Red Cross 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”.

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

Red Cross nurses make a difference. The humanitarian work of the American Red Cross connects them to people and communities across the nation and around the world, not just in the face of emergencies and disasters, but in helping our neighbors every day.

The Red Cross encourages nurses to join the Red Cross as volunteers. For more information on how you can contribute your nursing skills to support the Red Cross mission, visit the Red Cross volunteer information.


You can help people affected by disasters like home fires, as well as countless other crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to the American Red Cross. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. To make a donation in Montana, please go to or call 1-800-272-6668. Contributions may also be sent to American Red Cross of Montana, 1300 28th Street South, Great Falls, MT 59405. To make a donation in Idaho, please visit or call 1-800-853-2570. Contributions may also be sent to American Red Cross of Idaho, 5380 W. Franklin Road, Boise, ID 83705.

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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.