Nurses have always been a cornerstone of the American Red Cross. Since the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1888 and the Johnstown floods in 1889, Red Cross nurses have provided assistance during times of disaster and conflict. The Heritage Newsletter, Nursing Matters: Past and Present, is chock-full of stories about the extraordinary service of Red Cross nurses.
The Red Cross Nursing Service was formally established by Jane Delano in 1909. Red Cross nursing has also had a major role in the historical evolution of nursing and nursing leadership in the United States. Red Cross nurses like Jane Delano, Clara Noyes and Julia Stimson have played pivotal roles in American nursing.
- 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