Contact: Janet McGuire
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Tuesday, May 06, 2014 — It’s National Nurses Week and the American Red Cross is joining the celebration, recognizing the important contributions of its nurses.
Here on Florida’s west coast, nurses serve in several different capacities. Disasters Health Services nurses work in shelters or in the field after a disaster to care for residents who may need medical attention. They also care for the volunteers serving on major disaster operations. Red Cross Services to Armed Forces utilize nurses to facilitate Reconnection Workshops for servicemembers and their families before, during and after deployments. Red Cross Health and Safety courses are taught by nurses as is the Nurse Assistant Training program.
“Nurses are leaders in delivering care through the American Red Cross,” said Linda Carbone, CEO of Florida’s West Coast Region and the Tampa Bay Chapter. “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 and help members of the military and their families. 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.