Disaster nurses, mental health professionals, and spiritual care needed - N. Mendocino

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ORGANIZATION: American Red Cross, Gold Country Region

Volunteers Change the World

Every day, the American Red Cross sees the heartbreak of people trying to cope with more intense storms, heavier rainfall, higher temperatures, stronger hurricanes and more devastating wildfires.

As more people rely on the Red Cross for help, the need for compassionate volunteers has never been greater.

You can help comfort and support people who are forced from their homes due to fires, storms and other emergencies, so they don’t have to face tough times alone. Join us and turn your compassion into action by becoming a volunteer today. We are actively recruiting for these critical volunteer roles:

Disaster Health Services Team: During large disasters, you can use your professional skills as a licensed healthcare provider to deliver hands on care and education to shelter residents. Free online training will be provided and can count towards 5.25 nursing continuing education units . If the need arises, volunteers are asked to commit to multiple local shifts of 4-12 hours each. For those able to travel outside of their local area, a commitment of at least 10-14 consecutive days, working 8- or 12-hour shifts is required. Qualified licenses include RN, LPN, LVN, EMT, Paramedic, MD, DO, PA, NP, APRN. Only RNs have full scope of practice.

Disaster Mental Health Services Team: Sometimes, people need a safe space to talk about the feelings that arise during and after experiencing small and large emergencies. Disaster Mental Health professionals provide that space and assist with interventions. Roles can be shift based or deployment based. For deployments, a commitment of at least 10-14 consecutive days, working 8- or 12-hour shifts is required. Open to psychiatric nurses and licensed providers. Additional educational roles, outside of disaster, are available as well.

Disaster Spiritual Care Team: Facilitate long-term recovery for those affected by disaster by providing spiritual and emotional support, and connection to local resources, regardless of one's faith tradition. Roles can be shift based or deployment based. For deployments, a commitment of at least 10-14 consecutive days, working 8- or 12-hour shifts is required. Must meet one of the following criteria:

  • A disaster spiritual care provider in good standing in a National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) member organization
  • A Board-certified chaplain
  • A professional chaplain (paid or volunteer) and is endorsed by that organization
  • An endorsed leader of a local faith community or organization

COVID-19 Safety:
COVID vaccinations are recommended but not required. Masking is optional, except in shelter settings, where blood drive hosts have a mask requirement, when exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19, or where required by local law or regulation.

Time Expectations: You are not expected to be on call 24/7. You should have open availability to deploy at least once this wildfire season. For local events, multiple shifts of 4-12 hours each. For those able to travel outside of their local area, a commitment of at least 10-14 consecutive days, working 8- or 12-hour shifts is required.

Expenses:  Expenses related to your deployment such as travel, food and lodging will be covered by the American Red Cross. 


Thank you for your interest in serving the American Red Cross!

Please email Kera.Manley@RedCross.org with any questions.

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About American Red Cross, Gold Country Region

Location:

1565 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95815, US

Mission Statement

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors

Description

Each day, thousands of people - people just like you - provide compassionate care to those in need. Our network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world.

We roll up our sleeves and donate time, money and blood. We learn or teach life-saving skills so our communities can be better prepared when the need arises. We do this every day because the Red Cross is needed - every day.

CAUSE AREAS

Community
Disaster Relief
Health & Medicine
Community, Disaster Relief, Health & Medicine

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Throughout Northern CaliforniaBell Springs, CA 95454

(39.95256,-123.58479)
 

SKILLS

  • Nursing
  • Disaster Relief Care & Shelters
  • Disaster Response
  • Patient Care
  • Healthcare
  • Community Outreach

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • You are not expected to be on call 24/7. You should have open availability to deploy at least once per year. Local work can be done on a shift-by-shift basis. Deployments outside the region are typically a two-week time commitment.
  • COVID vaccinations are recommended but not required. Masking is optional, except in shelter settings, where blood drive hosts have a mask requirement, when exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19, or where required by local law or regulation.

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