National Nurses Week is May 6 – 12, a time set aside every year to recognize the many ways the nation’s nurses work to save lives and improve the health of millions. During National Nurses Week, the American Red Cross recognizes the more than 20,000 nurses and student nurses who serve the Red Cross today.
“Nurses have always been a cornerstone of the American Red Cross,” said Judy Gregory, Disaster Services Director. “Red Cross nurses have come to the aid of others during times of disaster and conflict since Jane Delano began the Red Cross Nursing Service in 1909. During National Nurses Week, we celebrate Red Cross nurses in Northeast Wisconsin and across the United States.”
Today nurses serve directly as part of Red Cross disaster response teams, at health fairs, volunteering in military clinics and hospitals, manning first aid stations and promoting blood donations.
Nurses also teach and help develop different courses like CPR and First Aid, Disaster Health Services, Nurse Assistant Training, Babysitting and Family Caregiving. They serve in management and supervisory roles in Red Cross chapters and blood regions and in leadership roles on local Red Cross boards and the national Board of Governors.
BECOME A RED CROSS NURSE If you are an RN or LPN/LVN, consider becoming a Red Cross volunteer. Student nurses are also welcome. Contact your local Red Cross to learn about volunteer openings in your community.