Red Cross Wants to Recognize Nurses During National Nurses Week

Nursing Week

National Nurses Week is May 6 – 12 and the American Red Cross is joining the celebration, recognizing the important contributions of its nurses.

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 130 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.

Throughout the past week, professionally licensed nurses who double as trained Red Cross responders  have been deployed to southern states ravaged by tornadoes and floods. Plus, they serve locally at residential fires to community events.

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. You too can be a Red Cross Nurse. For more information, visit

American Red Cross Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training is available at six locations. The course provides skills to start a new career in the health care industry. Students learn in a hands-on environment under the eyes of caring and professional nurses, bolstered by a nationally developed Red Cross curriculum that is approved by the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services.  Scholarships and enrollment details are available at

National Nurses Week is May 6 – 12


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.

National Nurses Week!

National Nurses Week, May 6-12, is a time to recognize the incredible contributions nurses make to their communities and to the mission of the American Red Cross. Nursing and the Red Cross just seem to go hand-in-hand because service is at the core of what both do.

More than 20,000 nurses and student nurses are involved in paid and volunteer capacities at all levels and in all lines of business throughout the American Red Cross. These activities consist of:

  • Providing direct services: e.g. local Disaster Action Teams (DAT), Health Fairs, volunteer in military clinics and hospitals, promoting 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.

The Creed of the Red Cross Nurse:

I believe in the ideals of democracy and the concept of universal brotherhood. I acknowledge no barriers of country, race, class, or creed.

I believe that service to others is the obligation of mankind, that every right I claim imposes a responsibility and every possession implies duty.

I believe it is my privilege and my duty to teach others some of the knowledge and skill that I possess so that they too may know the satisfaction of competence in dealing with illness and pain.

To bring comfort to those who are in trouble, to alleviate suffering, and to conserve life is my mission.

Wherever disaster calls there, I shall go. I ask not for whom, but only where I am needed.

Under the banner of the Red Cross, symbolic of the finest instincts of man, I find fulfillment in helping to animate the spirit of kindness and mercy that embraces the world.