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Celebrating 132nd Years of American Red Cross
Today, we are not only celebrating 132 years of the American Red Cross as one of our nation's most prominent humanitarian organizations, but as nurses we should celebrate and honor Clara Barton, who was a nursing pioneer and founder.
Barton founded the American Red Cross in 1881, after being introduced to the Red Cross in Geneva, Switzerland. She ran the organization for 23 years which focused on disaster relief nursing.
The American Red Cross continues to be a primary disaster relief organization, assisting in an average of 70,000 disasters in the U.S. annually, but they have also expanded their services since the early beginnings.
Today the American Red Cross helps 150,000 military families by serving veterans, military members and families of service men and women with communications, training, support and resources.
The Red Cross is the primary provider of life-saving blood products in the U.S., handling about 4 million donors yearly and providing 40 percent of the national blood supply. All of which is handled by dedicated nurses and volunteers.
Many of us have taken Red Cross training in CPR and/or first aid, but they also offer nursing assistant, lifeguard, babysitting, emergency preparedness and caregiver courses. I’m surprised that very few know about the caregiver courses, since they are one of the
only low cost, comprehensive courses for family caregivers or healthcare workers.
As nurses we often look for patient education for family members new to the caregiving role. I highly recommend the Red Cross Family Caregiver program to families caring for a chronically ill or elderly loved one. The low cost course includes nine distinct topics
covered in a DVD and a 128 page resource guide to purchase. Some Red Cross locations offers classes that participants can attend.
What one nurse started 132 years ago has saved millions of lives, assisted millions more and is one of the most recognizable organizations in the world. We need to celebrate Barton and all nurses worldwide who make a difference in small and huge ways, every
Happy Birthday, American Red Cross!