Sunday, April 24, 2011

Disaster Relief Nursing - Articles Archive - RN Jobs, Nursing Articles, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Bernardino

Serving as a disaster relief nurse can be a life-changing experience. It is a challenging undertaking, and not everyone is physically, emotionally or professionally prepared to assume such a role, be it short- or long-term in nature. But for those who can, the rewards are many.

Some nurses work full time for organizations whose only mission is to assist in relief efforts, while other nurses volunteer when disaster strikes, such as the recent earthquakes in Haiti and Chile. Being deployed to such areas can be disorienting and overwhelming. Volunteers may face primitive conditions, lack of running water, inadequate food and shelter and any number of challenges. Although deployed nurses may expect to be utilized clinically, they may sometimes find themselves taking out trash, sweeping a floor, distributing clothing or leading support groups.

A Nurse Practitioner With a Mission

Betty Woods, a family nurse practitioner from Sonoma County, has an impressive disaster relief resume. In her daily life, she volunteers as a family nurse practitioner for the Jewish Community Free Clinic in Rohnert Park, Calif.; in her weekly life she also takes part in construction projects for Habitat for Humanity.

Woods has staffed Red Cross shelters in Northern California during periods when the Russian River caused widespread flooding and devastation, and she has served in many crucial capacities in troubled areas around the world.

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