Lansing Monday, May 5, 2014 — It’s National Nurses Week and the American Red Cross is joining the celebration, recognizing the important contributions of its nurses.
Here in Mid-Michigan nurses serve in several different capacities. More than 15,000 nurses continue to be involved in paid and volunteer capacities at all levels throughout the American Red Cross. These activities consist of:
• Providing direct services: e.g. local Disaster Action Teams (DAT), Health Fairs, volunteer in military clinics and hospitals, promoting blood collection team, first aid stations
• Teaching and developing courses: CPR/First Aid, Automatic Emergency Defibrillator(AED), Disaster Health Services, Nurse Assistant Training, Babysitting, Family Caregiving
• Acting in management and supervisory roles including: Chapter and Blood Services region executives
• Functioning in leadership roles: local board member and the national Board of Governors
“Nurses are leaders in delivering care through the American Red Cross,” said James D. Flickema, Chief Executive Officer, Great Lakes and Southeast Michigan Blood Services Regions “We are grateful for their dedication and leadership.”
This year’s theme for National Nurses Week is “Nurses: Leading the Way” to recognize nurses as leaders at the bedside, in the boardroom, throughout communities and in the halls of government. For more than 125 years, nurses have been an important part of the mission of the Red Cross, providing assistance during times of disaster and conflict.
Today nurses provide a health perspective for the Red Cross, serving across all lines of service. Across the country, nurses serve in management and supervisory roles at Red Cross 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 make a difference. Would you like to be part of their proud tradition of dedicated service? Join the more than 15,000 Red Cross nurses who respond to disasters, teach health and safety classes, help members of the military and their families and assist at Red Cross blood drives. You too can be a Red Cross Nurse. For more information, visit www.redcross.org.
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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.