For more than fifty years, nursing students have been involved in helping the Red Cross deliver critical community services. Volunteering with the American Red Cross is relevant to learning nursing skills and can lead to a lifelong opportunity for service. Follow in the footsteps of some of the most famous nursing leaders. Volunteer today.
The American Red Cross partners with nursing faculty to help students develop basic leadership skills, provide meaningful services and help prepare for, prevent and respond to emergencies. Some of the opportunities for nursing student involvement are listed below; opportunities for student nurse involvement are also described in Helping Where It Counts and Make a Difference: Guidelines for Nursing Student Involvement in the American Red Cross.
Starting January, 2012, nursing programs across the nation can access a blended learning course, American Red Cross Disaster Health and Sheltering. This two-part, four- hour awareness course introduces nursing students to how they could help in a disaster response and involves a tabletop exercise facilitated in the classroom by the nursing program instructor and a Red Cross nurse. Find out more about the course registration by contacting your local chapter or your Regional Nurse Liaison.
- Teach Family Caregiving
- Serve on a Disaster Action Team
- Teach Disaster preparedness
- Organize Blood drives
- Teach health education
- Serve in a First aid station
- Provide Immunizations
- Basic First Aid
- CPR and AED
- HIV/Aids Education
- Workplace Safety
- Scrubby Bear (handwashing for young people)
- National Youth Leadership Council
- Statewide community health initiatives in conjunction with the NSNA
- Public speaking
- Red Cross committees
- Special projects
- Public relations
- Administrative services
- Computer/technical support
- "I worked hard and enjoyed having to use my knowledge, skills and creativity!"
- "I liked being involved in ‘meaningful’ projects!"
- "It was fun and enlightening working with such diverse and dedicated people."
- "…the commitment and enthusiasm were catching."
- "Prospective employers were impressed with my ‘real work’ experience."
Participate in Leadership Activities
What Students Say About Their Red Cross Experience:
Jane Delano was the principal organizer of the Red Cross Nursing Service. Thanks to her efforts, more than 20,000 Red Cross nurses served in World War I. She died in France in 1919, while traveling on behalf of the Red Cross. In recognition of her service to our country, she received the Distinguished Service Medal and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
The Red Cross honors her memory through the Jane Delano Student Nurse Scholarship.