The following message is from Gail McGovern, President and CEO of the American National Red Cross:
May 6-12 is National Nurses Week, a time to recognize the incredible contributions nurses make to their communities. Nursing and the American Red Cross just seem to go hand-in-hand, because service is at the core of what we do.
Last year at a ceremony celebrating 100 Years of Red Cross Nursing, the National Nursing Committee gave me a wonderful surprise and honor: an Honorary Nurse Pin, the second of its kind. That pin symbolizes a tradition of nursing service that stretches back to the earliest days of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Network and the founding of the American Red Cross.
I wear my honorary nurse pin with tremendous appreciation for today’s Red Cross nurses. Nurses like Diana Whaley from Rockwood, Tennessee, who used the experiences of 23 disaster responses to develop disaster training for public health nurses. The training was so successful in the Knoxville area that the Tennessee Public Health department is providing it to all of their nurses. In fact, many of these same nurses are working in Red Cross shelters today, helping families affected by this week’s record flooding in Tennessee.
When I put on the nurse pin, it also reminds me that future generations of Red Cross nurses will be needed to fulfill our mission. The Red Cross is actively recruiting student nurse volunteers, introducing nursing students across the nation to the rewards of volunteering. Beginning this National Nurses Week, I ask you to involve student nurses in your area. Help them to help people in need, become part of today’s global nursing network and find out how good it feels to wear the Red Cross emblem.
Red Cross nurses, thank you for your strength, your dedication and your service.