American Red Cross Nursing Network
Nurse volunteer Melody Belloff rewraps Greg Stell’s swollen foot at the American Red Cross shelter in Wickenburg, Arizona. Stell aggravated earlier stress fractures while running from a wildfire threatening his mountain community of Yarnell. Stell, his wife and his five-year-old daughter Kairi are among the hundreds of people who have found food, water, emotional support and a safe place to stay in Red Cross.
American Red Cross Nurse Regina Hudson with Jermiya Jackson at the Red Cross shelter at the Hawkins United Methodist Church in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
Red Cross and EMT workers Jacci Skogerboe and Cody Petersen help 10-year-old Unique Lloyd who has an ear infection. For the past nine days, Unique and her family have been staying at the Red Cross shelter since their home lost power and the water was shut off after powerful storms struck their neighborhood.
American Red Cross is responding to the flooding throughout South Carolina.
Annias Baker, 78, has lived in the Monroe, Louisiana, home he shares with his sister for 30 years, and this is the first time it has flooded. “The water was all the way up to the bed,” he said. He and his sister evacuated to a Red Cross shelter nearly a week ago. Because health concerns make getting around difficult, Red Cross nurse Joan Nyitrai was able to provide him with a wheelchair to make his time away from home a little more comfortable.
Red Cross volunteer nurse Sydney Rosengren administers a tetanus shot to resident Christina Butterworth. Red Cross health services volunteers are also offering services at the emergency aid stations like helping people replace prescriptions and other medical items.
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:
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 develops and sustains operations to enhance nurse and other health professional participation across all business lines.
The Nursing Network works closely with internal health partners (e.g., Disaster Health Service Advisors, Regional Emergency Services Directors, 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.
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.