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American Red Cross Nursing Network

Background
Nursing has a strong legacy with the American Red Cross and thousands of nurses are in service across the organization today. Nurses consistently rank first as the most trusted profession in the United States. Red Cross nurses continue to enhance the Red Cross brand and image. Nursing is foundational in helping chapters build health capacity and community resiliency. All Red Cross nurses are part of the Nursing Network.
Goal

Nursing Network leaders promote recruitment and engagement of health professional volunteers across all business lines of service (Biomedical Services, Disaster Cycle Services, International Services, Preparedness Health & Safety Services and Service to the Armed Forces) to help meet the Red Cross mission and organizational priorities. The Nursing Network is the operational arm for Red Cross Nursing and Health and is supported by the National Nursing Committee (NNC), business line and focus area Nurse Consultants and the Office of the Chief Nurse. The Nursing Network:

  • Helps Red Cross units recruit, engage and recognize nurses and other health professionals.
  • Supports all business lines of service with health integration.
  • Assists Red Cross chapters in focus areas: community resilience; volunteer/youth engagement, Academic Service
  • Role

    Nurses come to the Red Cross with extensive education and training, ready to provide community care and assist at the chapter level in all matters related to health. Nurses represent the largest category of health professional in the U.S.

    The Nursing Network works closely with internal health partners (e.g., Disaster Health and Mental Health Service Advisors, Biomedical Services, International Services and Service to the Armed Forces , Preparedness, Health & Safety Services, Volunteer Services) and external health partners (e.g., state nursing associations, public health departments, colleges and universities). The Nursing Network provides quarterly metric-based reports to measure network and program success via health/community outcomes.

    Structure

    Nursing Network Regional Nurse Leaders (RNLs) partner with Regional Volunteer Services Officers. RNLs are supported by Nursing Network Division Nurse Leaders and their teams of Associate Division Nurse Leaders. There is one DNL per Red Cross division. The DNL team helps organize and lead nurses to achieve the Chief Nurse Initiatives. The Chief Nurse Initiatives are developed in collaboration with business line leaders to meet the mission and organizational priorities, and provide a framework for nursing and health professional volunteer work.

    The Nursing Network Director leads the Nursing Network, bridging it with the other elements of Red Cross Nursing & Health: the NNC, nurse consultants, and the Office of the Chief Nurse. The majority Red Cross nurses are volunteers.

    Leader Network Contacts

    To locate Nursing Network leaders in your area or to learn more about Red Cross Volunteer Health Professional leadership opportunities, please contact RedCrossNurse@redcross.org.