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Go Above and Beyond as a Disaster Relief Nurse

Go Above and Beyond as a Disaster Relief Nurse

Disaster relief nursing allows licensed nurses to utilize their medical skills in the event of a disaster. For days, or even weeks, at a time, nurses help to care for the victims of disasters like Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, attacks like The World Trade Center bombing and 9/11, and the recent Midwest floods. Volunteer service is exhausting, rewarding, and potentially dangerous. For those up to the challenge, disaster relief nursing can be one of the best experiences of your career.

What Should Disaster Relief Nurses Expect?

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• Deployments can last weeks at a time
• Living and working conditions may vary dramatically from what you are used to and they may only provide minimal protection from the elements
• Many impacted areas will be without electricity, air conditioning, and other comforts
• Work days will be long and stresful
• Volunteers must be in good physical shape and be able to work in a variety of environmental settings
• Volunteers should be able to handle strong emotions like shock, anger, and panic


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    NathalieDuffney

    almost 3 years ago

    12 comments

    where can i find more info about that.

    Really interesting on becoming a Disaster Relief Nurse.

    Nathalie - my latest blog post Eczema is NOT contagious

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    spaceymiller01

    over 4 years ago

    4 comments

    how do i do this now?

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    spaceymiller01

    over 4 years ago

    4 comments

    how do i get involved in disaster relief emergency situations- i am a nurse and can fit in my schedule any effort to help

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    tnl634

    almost 6 years ago

    16 comments

    I love the info. provided!! Ive always been curious about this.......

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    Done

    almost 6 years ago

    362 comments

    watch this video for insight into Volunteering with Red Cross
    http://www.jeanettecita.com/2008-06-13_IowaVideo.html

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    Account Removed

    almost 6 years ago

    in the wake of all the current - this is great info on how to get involved.

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