Volunteer Nurses Needed for Hurricane Emergency! - page 10
Volunteer Nurses Needed for Hurricane Emergency! We hope that you and your family have weathered the hurricane safely! Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. ... Read More
Sep 5, '05I just read an article in my local newspaper regarding a group of 100 surgeons who are in a mobile hospital convoy (able to do x-rays and surgeries). They are "marooned in rural Mississippi" because officials will not let them deploy. This mobile unit has 113 beds and was designed to handle disasters, it was developed after 9/11. I am concerned that if these surgeons cannot get into the disaster area, can nurses that are trying to go down on their own? I would hate for nurses to drive hundreds of miles, only to be stopped outside the area of the shelters that need help the most. I know some of us have talked to the Board of Nursing in MS an LA and have been told to come, but if the MP's won't let us through we're stuck. These surgeons and mobile unit were requested to help days before the hurricane hit, and still cannot get in. Any thoughts?
Sep 5, '05Quote from nurse/realtorthis shows just what a farce our whole Homeland Security is...a disgrace from top to bottom...and look who suffers!I just read an article in my local newspaper regarding a group of 100 surgeons who are in a mobile hospital convoy (able to do x-rays and surgeries). They are "marooned in rural Mississippi" because officials will not let them deploy. This mobile unit has 113 beds and was designed to handle disasters, it was developed after 9/11. I am concerned that if these surgeons cannot get into the disaster area, can nurses that are trying to go down on their own? I would hate for nurses to drive hundreds of miles, only to be stopped outside the area of the shelters that need help the most. I know some of us have talked to the Board of Nursing in MS an LA and have been told to come, but if the MP's won't let us through we're stuck. These surgeons and mobile unit were requested to help days before the hurricane hit, and still cannot get in. Any thoughts?
Sep 5, '05Please take the political opinions to the thread where they belong. This thread is for those who are working to find out how to help.
The Medical Reserve Corps has this information/FAQ available.
Also - your local MRC may be the best place to start. The Dallas area MRC is now coordinating the medical care at the shelters. As time goes on, I would suspect that most of the medical teams will be handled by the MRC's.
Sep 5, '05Quote from MissJoRNWHERE ARE YOU GOING IN MISSISSIPPI. I AM ALSO LEAVE TUES AM FROM ARKANSAS. PLEASE SEND ME THE PHONE NUMBER YOU CALLED. GOOD LUCKYou're right! I'll be sure to pack extra... if I don't forget that I'm due for mine, too, while I'm there (I know, I know "TMI!") But, yes...good thing to pack! I'm hoping to have room in my luggage after my stuff for "extras" I'm also planning on coming home with next to nothing that I leave with.
FYI- I'm leaving Tues AM for MIssissippi, after calling the # posted one one of these threads. Theyseemed excited to have someone available ASAP. I only hope I can live up to their (and my!) expectations. Wheww!
Sep 5, '05I emailed the Highway Hypodermics contact posted earlier and this was my response if there are any others who would like it. It includes the fax number.
Thank you for responding, The only information I have at this time is that we need nurses for a two week minimum stay, we would fly you in somewhere I am not sure where, they ask that you pack lightly, bringing and just the bare necessities. If you are interested please fax over to 877-449-9433 your immunizations a skills checklist, resume and credentials. If you don't have a resume you can go to ortravelteam.com and fill out the resume and skills checklist. Please check back with us Tues afternoon for more information. Thank you. Phone # 866-449-9433
Sep 5, '05I am also in Indiana and really want to do. my DH cannot get ime off work. Have you heard of any groups going from our state? I am near Fort Wayne.
Sep 5, '05Please remember that even if you do not go to the area, you are helping in a very real way. As your coworkers go to the site, others will be working their extra hours, or taking more patients, or receiving patients that have been "bumped" up the line making way for evacuees.
You can also emotionally support those of our fellow nurses that were traumatized by the catastrophe. We will be seeing displaced nurses with PTSD for a while to come. My mother still has nightmares about Charley, and these people will have to deal with emotional/psychological trauma.
Be also aware that predictions are for at least another 2 hurricanes of Cat 3 or higher to hit the USA coast before the end of the season. Not to mention at least 1 storm last year occurred after the official season ended. Maria is currently increasing in strength.
In teaching facilities, we will be receiving specialty cases. From what I understand, there were bone marrow transplants done during/immediately after Katrina (because of the issue that massive myoablation was done - well before Katrina became a direct threat to NO - there was no choice but to transplant these patients. As they were severely immonosuppressed and the facilities were unable to provide optimal infection control in the initial recovery, many of us will be receiving complicated cases of these and other patients in all of our specialties needing extensive care.
Please keep these things in mind. Be a little nicer to one another and work a little harder, to improve the team effort.
Sep 5, '05check the this site for volunteering as an unpaid hhs employee eligible for workers comp coverage and reimbersement for some expenses.
health care professionals and relief personnel worker page
the office of the surgeon general and the office of public health emergency preparedness are in the process of mobilizing and identifying healthcare professionals and relief personnel to assist in hurricane katrina relief efforts. as our nation and global community is now aware, the healthcare needs resulting from katrina are critical.
we are currently looking for multidisciplinary healthcare professionals and relief personnel with expertise in the following areas:
nursing assistants/nursing support technicians
nursing staff directors
physician's assistants or nurse practitioners
physician chiefs of staff
mental health workers
*these categories added as of september 5, 2005.
if you are a healthcare professional or relief personnel with expertise in the above areas and would like to participate**, please complete the form below.
medical reserve corps (mrc) members:
to ensure that your local community needs are met first, please contact your local mrc unit leader prior to completing this application form. when you do complete the form, please write "mrc member" in as a specialty - this will allow us to identify you as an mrc member. for more information about the medical reserve corps, see www.medicalreservecorps.gov
the office of the surgeon general will be contacting those that meet the requirements and needs on the field as soon as we are able. however, at this time, hhs is unable to respond to individual queries regarding hurricane katrina recovery efforts through this website.
individuals who do not fit into one of the above categories can find information on volunteering at www.usafreedomcorps.gov.
thank you for visiting. we appreciate and commend your efforts.
**please be advised that individuals must be healthy enough to function under field conditions.**
this may include all or some of the following:
12 hour shifts
austere conditions (possibly no showers, housing in tents)
no air conditioning
long periods of standing
sleep accommodations on bed roll
military ready to eat meals
these workers will be non-paid temporary federal employees, and will therefore be eligible for coverage under the federal tort claims act for liability coverage and workman's compensation when functioning as hhs employees. although there will not be any salary, travel and per diem will be paid.
assignments may last 14 days or longer. it is required that applicants have hepatitis b and tetanus/diphtheria immunizations for this assignment.Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Sep 6, '05
Sep 5, '05Please remember to post a synopsis of an article/information source. Include a link for everyone.
Sep 6, '05:chuckle you need to be treated with: cazamadaddawyajicillin and gindiwitsimecine
hope it will give u a total remedy to it.
Quote from siriPlease remember to post a synopsis of an article/information source. Include a link for everyone.
Thank you.Last edit by sirI on Sep 6, '05
Sep 6, '05Hello there, am Michael and and a profesional nurse in both psychiatric and renal nursing with skills in Counselling. As a member of the All nurses.com I learnt of the need for Volunteer nurses and am willing to offer myself.Last edit by sirI on Sep 6, '05
Sep 7, '05I had the privilege to volunteer for 3 days last week in Baton Rouge at LSU. There is an incredible need for mental health workers. As we can all imagine, the stress and anxiety is a very real concern for all, victims and volunteers alike.
There were many volunteers from outside Louisiana and one that I talked to said that in the beginning license was an issue, but that when he called, whoever he talked to told him to come on down. You would have to bring your valid nursing license and I would just about bet that your skills could be used somewhere.
The days that I spent at the "PMAC" were the most rewarding I have had in a very long time. They helped put life in perspective for me and a lot of other people as well. It was a very heartbreaking, but heartwarming experience for me. 99.9% of the evacuees were most appreciative of anything done for them. They were scared, hungry and dirty with most having been without medications for several days. We, as healthcare professionals, have a wonderful way of helping our sisters and brothers in a time of need. I am even prouder of my profession now than I have ever been.