Nursing Vision: American Red Cross Nursing...a presence
throughout...uplifting lives with compassion and special
skills...competent and prepared...strengthening the organization
with innovation and support...enhancing the Red Cross.
Nurses have always been a cornerstone for the provision
of services by the American Red Cross. Historically, Red
Cross nurses have provided their assistance during times
of disaster and conflict beginning with the 1889 Johnstown
floods and the 1888 Yellow Fever epidemic. 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 with many Red Cross nurses, including
Jane Delano, Clara Noyes, Julia Stimson and others playing
strategic roles in the development of American nursing.
More than 30,000 nurses continue to be involved in paid
and volunteer capacities at all levels and in all service
areas throughout the American Red Cross. These activities
direct services: e.g.; local Disaster Action Teams (DAT),
Health Fairs, volunteer in military clinics and hospitals,
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 governance roles: local board member to
national Board of Governors.
are interested in volunteering in our Health Services program,
please contact Alison Maruca, our Volunteer Director, at
Every day, the American Red Cross is involved in helping
people when they need it most…whether it's half a
million disaster victims or one sick child who needs blood.
People like you, who learn how good it feels to lend a helping
hand, make our vital work possible. Student nurses have
been involved in helping the Red Cross deliver critical
community services for more than half a century. Volunteering
with the American Red Cross provides a setting that is relevant
to learning nursing skills and can lead to a life long opportunity
for service. Follow in the footsteps of some of the most
famous nursing leaders and find out how good it feels to
wear the Red Cross emblem!
for Student Nurse Involvement
Disaster Health Services
Child Care Training
International Humanitarian Law
Basic Aid Training (B.A.T.)
First Aid for Children Today (F.A.C.T.)
Disaster Action Team
First Aid Station
Blood Donor Recruitment
in Leadership Activities
Leadership Council Red Cross
Follow these steps to volunteer with the American Red Cross:
Contact the Volunteer Director at 912-651-5321 and schedule
a time to visit the Red Cross and discuss your interests.
the areas in which you would like to volunteer
member of our Disaster Health Services team will contact
you and get you started.
Students Say About Their Red Cross Experience
"I worked hard and enjoyed having to use my knowledge,
skills and creativity!"
liked being involved in ‘meaningful’ projects!"
"It was fun and enlightening working with such diverse
and dedicated people."
commitment and enthusiasm were catching."
employers were impressed with my ‘real work’
a disaster happens, trained Red Cross Disaster Mental Health
workers are on hand to provide crucial emotional support
to victims, family members, emergency workers and others
in affected communities.
look for victims that are displaying signs of serious stress
or emotional trauma. They talk to them and reassure them
that their feelings of fear and anxiety are normal. They
will encourage victims to talk about their experiences and
work through their emotions today and in the weeks to come.
Cross mental health workers also will be paying special
attention to all the children involved in these catastrophes,
providing support and guidance to them and their parents.
For example, depending on their age, children may not be
able to articulate clearly their fears and anxiety. Mental
health workers will encourage them to express their emotions
through coloring or play. Also, they will tell parents that
they can expect children to look for adults for clues about
how to react.
are a licensed or certified mental health professional and
are interested in volunteering your services, please contact
Alison Maruca at 912-651-5321.