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May 11, 2014

Red Cross recognizes nurses during National Nurses Week

ORANGE — During National Nurses Week and the American Red Cross is joining the celebration, recognizing the important contributions of its nurses.

The American Red Cross Orange County Chapter nurses serve in several different capacities. They make it a priority to help people affected by home fires to replace their medications, glasses or other health related items. In addition, they update nurse kits to be used if and when a major hurricane or a disaster threatened our area.

“Nurses are leaders in delivering care through the American Red Cross,” said Cameron Ballantyne, Interim Executive Director. “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, help members of the military and their families and assist at Red Cross blood drives. For more information, visit www.redcross.org. 

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