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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. Many have not been as lucky... Read More


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    copied from ana nursing world website:

    volunteers from other states need a current license from their home state and a picture id. after assignment in la they are asked to notify the louisiana state board of nursing. the louisana state board of nursing office can now be reached at the lsna office: 1-800-457-6378, 225-201-0993, or fax # 225-201-0971. you can email them at lsna@lsna.org.
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    Quote from lil_judt
    i am a nurse nhere in michigan and would love to donate my time and skills ..however, i am not licensed in louisiana nor mississippi.
    only licensed in michigan, wisconsin and california.
    if you need my help please let me know how i can help. please contact me through private messaging. thanks.
    judy
    volunteers from other states need a current license from their home state and a picture id. after assignment in la they are asked to notify the louisiana state board of nursing. the louisana state board of nursing office can now be reached at the lsna office: 1-800-457-6378, 225-201-0993, or fax # 225-201-0971. you can email them at lsna@lsna.org.
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    YOU ARE NOT ALONE. THE CAVALRY IS ON ITS WAY. REMEMBER: THEY TELL YOU ON AIRPLANES IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN AND AN EMERGENCY OCCURS GIVE YOURSELF THE OXYGEN FIRST OR YOU CANNOT HELP THE CHILD. THANK YOU. I KNOW.

    Quote from sunnyjohn
    Here is a post from a hospital worker on another BB. If you can go, please do. BE SAFE!



    You can read the post here: http://forums.studentdoctor.net/show...1&postcount=43

    The entire thread can be read here: http://forums.studentdoctor.net/show...4&page=1&pp=20
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    WOW this thread is an emotional ride - so glad to have found this website early in my career, I'm learning so much.
    Thankfully I was provided a way to directly help the healthcare workers and patients in New Orleans. I'm in B'ham AL, where AirMed International (an air ambulance service) is located. They are transfering patients from New Orleans to the B'ham airport for triage and then ground transpo to the various hospitals here. Fortunately my hospital alerted us to this and we were invited to bring supplies to the airstrip so that the returning flights are loaded with supplies. What a great feeling to know that the water I bought today will be hydrate someone tonight!!!!!!!
    I was feeling so frustrated by not being able to help.... I just graduated in May and so taking time off is really not an option at this time.
    I am glad to learn of the orientation requirements to participate in disaster relief. Does that type of training count towards CEUs?
    One relief organization I have not seen mentioned in this thread is Operation Blessing, www.ob.org I don't know if they utilize medical staff, but I don't see why not....
    They are the only relief effort I have heard of that is addressing the communication problem. They have purchased satellite phones and are equipping their volunteers so that refugees can call loved ones.
    I just wonder if that is feasible for a 501 charity to provide for victims why it isn't feasible for the government to provide for first responders!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
    I find myself so angry over the fact that 911 presented a first responder communication crisis & the tsunami presented a communication crisis. And now this. First responder communication has long been identified as the key to saving lives and yet the US repeatedly ignores this need. I think it is high time for the nurses, doctors, firefighters, EMS, police, etc... to ban together and demand our government to provide us the most basic tool needed in emergencies - reliable communication. I find it infuriating that in 2005 our primary problem is a communication breakdown - ARGGG.
    If anyone knows of how I can get involved in pressing this issue in a constructive way (I've repeatedly signed petitions) please let me know.
    God Bless all those putting themselves in harms way for the sake of others.
    I will be praying for peace for those who find waiting around to give help intolerable.
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    Quote from barefootlady
    How will the license issue be handled?
    On medical sites they indicate that Louisiana has suspended all medical licensure activities. If you have a license in hand and a photo id you can practice I believe. I read this on medscape
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    For those who want to volunteer to provide medical help in the disaster
    area, teams are being formed now and over the coming week. From what we
    understand, DHHS will provide transportation from an airport near you to a
    site that needs help. Any US citizen with
    medical/nursing/IT/Security/Safety/medical admin/allied health backgrounds
    can sign up online to volunteer to provide medical and medical support help.
    Expect field conditions in the environment - very austere - be prepared to
    sleep in a tent, eat boxed meals, no promise about regular showers, no air
    conditioning, portable toilets, 12 hour shifts.

    To volunteer, go to www.hhs.gov, click on Hurricane Katrina on the upper
    right .
    There will be a list of the medical and medical support skillsets needed and
    then scroll down to fill out the form with your information and click
    "submit".
    Have your Social Security number and Medical/nursing license # & expiration
    date (if you are a provider) onhand before you go online to sign up.
    If you can't get on the website, don't get frustrated and try again
    later -the site was overloaded due to the media announcements today.
    After you sign up, you will be contacted regarding further details about
    your assignment.

    God bless and please pass the word along for how to volunteer.
    Best
    Loretta
    Loretta Schlachta-Fairchild PhD
    President & CEO
    iTelehealth Inc.
    6935 North Clifton Rd
    Frederick MD 21702
    phone - 301-371-8495
    fax - 301-371-8538
    email - lschlachta@itelehealthinc.com
    www.itelehealthinc.com
    www.preventingsuicide.com
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    And this gleaned from a mail list...

    Although not all of these items would be required, its a good place to start...Most of us are not going to have or need many of these items. I would add sunscreen to the list.

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    Adapted from Emergency Planning and Response Force and AIH 3-Sep-05

    1. Everyone needs to remember key principles before deploying into a disaster area:
    a) Deploy as part of a coordinated response effort either as part of a Federally Declaration by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), state emergency management office, or as a consultant contracted to do response and/or consequence management work;
    b) Have an identified mission, assigned location, and point of contact at the site;
    c) Be prepared for self-sufficiency for at least 72 hours upon arrival to the site;
    d) Be mentally, emotionally, and physically prepared to handle long work hours with little sleep, have irregular and unhealthy meals, and the need to confront victims and exhausted responders at a site.

    2. Personal Items Recommended:
    Item(s) Minimum Quantity Special Notes
    Undergarments For 2 week Deployment
    Undershirts For 2 week Deployment
    Agency Uniform As Needed Have enough for 2 weeks
    Female Toiletries As Needed Females Only
    Running Shoes/Sneakers 1 Pair
    Socks For 2 week Deployment
    Personal Toiletry Bag 1 Each Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Dental Floss, 1 Roll Toilet Paper, Soap, Shampoo, Deodorant, Small Wash Cloth, Skin Cream, Alcohol Wipes or sanitizer pocket size
    Windbreaker/Light Jacket 1-2 Pairs Can be Agency Uniform
    Civilian Casual Shirts/T-Shirt 5 Pairs
    Civilian Casual Pants 2 Pairs
    Ball cap 2 Pairs Can be part of Agency Uniform
    Extra Prescription Glasses 1 Pair
    Prescriptions/OTC meds you use (ASA,lomotil,etc) For 2 week Deployment Expect No Resupply during Deployment
    Bath Towel 2 Pairs
    Shower Shoes 1 Pair
    Business Casual Shirt 2 Pairs Depends on Agency Situation
    Business Casual Pants 2 Pairs Depends on Agency Situation
    Business Casual Shoes/Socks 1 Pair Each Depends on Agency Situation

    3. Personal Items Recommended:
    Item(s) Minimum Quantity Special Notes
    Personal Reading Materials 3 Each
    Portable Radio/CD Player 1 Each Bring only a reasonable number of CDs
    Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 15 minimum) 1 Bottle
    Cash/Credit Card As Needed Recommend $100.00 Cash; and 2 credit cards; Wear with wallet secured inside pants or around the neck.
    Small Pocket Knife/Utility 1 Pair
    Insect Repellant (DEET) 2 Bottles
    Permanone 2 Bottles For Clothing to Spray Against Insects; Not for skin – Will get irritation
    Large Luggage with Rollers or Military Sea/Duffle Bag 1 Each Goal is to fit all Personal Items into 1 Large Bag.

    4. Health and Safety Equipment.
    Item(s) Minimum Quantity Special Notes
    Hardhat 1 Each
    Safety Boots/Shoes 1 Pair
    Flashlight 2 Each Bring extra batteries
    Rain Gear 1 Pair
    Rubber Boots or Boot Covers 1 Pair
    Hearing Protection 1 Pair Ear Muffs AND 3 Pairs Ear Plugs Recommend carrying both.
    Safety Glasses 2 Pairs
    Chemical Goggles 1 Pair
    N-95 Disposable Respirator and/or Assigned Half-or Full-Face 5 Pairs (Disposable) 1 Pair (if Half or Full-Face) Bring extra cartridgesm Ensure Respirators are Properly Stored
    Bring alcohol wipes for cleaning
    Leather Work Gloves 2 Pairs
    Chemical Protective Gloves 1 Box (Disposable) Nitrile most common, but avoid handling hazardous materials without knowing gloves effectiveness against them.
    Meals Ready to Eat or Commercial Equivalent For 72 Hour Period
    Drinking Water Container (e.g., Camelback) 1 Each (32 ounce minimum) Fill with potable water from approved sites, or use bottled water.
    First Aid Kit 1 Each
    Sleeping Bag 1 Each If not staying in hotel or sleeping quarters unknown
    Sleeping Pad 1 Each If not staying in hotel or sleeping quarters unknown
    Iodine Tablets 2 Bottles If drinking unapproved water source
    Military Ruck Sack or Commercial Backpack 1 Each Health and Safety Equipment Listed should be Carried with You when Doing Field Work.

    5. Safety/Health Professional Items.
    Item(s) Minimum Quantity Special Notes
    Laptop 1 Each Bring spare batteries, AC Cord, Telephone Cord
    Flash Memory (256 MB Minimum) 1 Each Have critical reference files stored in it for immediate use.
    Field Notebook 2 Each
    Scientific Calculator 1 Each
    Pens 3 Each
    Pencil 3 Each
    Permanent Markers 1 Box
    Contact Phone Numbers As Appropriate Agency Contacts; Family/Friend Contacts
    Digital Camera (4 MegaPixels Minimum) 1 Each
    Have rechargeable battery unit, or extra disposable batteries; Have download unit into laptop
    CD-Rewritable (RW) Disks (700 MB Each) 3 Each Avoid CD-R disks, which cannot be rewritten over.
    Carry Case, Large 1 Each
    Cell Phone or 2-Way Radios 1 Each Cell Phone may not work at site.

    6. Medical Requirements.
    Item(s) Minimum Quantity Special Notes
    MMR Immunization
    Td UTD 1 with Booster
    Hepatitis A 3-shot Series
    PPD Skin Test for TB 1 per Year Test If Positive & Received Txt, Not Required As indicated by CDC Guidelines
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    im a nursing student and i was curious if students were allowed to go and help, if they are can you please send info about it
    Quote from glascow
    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.



    Many have not been as lucky as we have. The LA-OEP (Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness) is requesting healthcare volunteers. This includes ALL levels of nursing expertise. If you and your family are safe, please volunteer – there is a tremendous need for nurses. Call 225-389-2100 and ask for “Medical”. They are expecting your call. If the line is busy, please keep calling.



    Please pass this on to anyone you think may be of help. Thank you!



    LSNA
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    I pm'd nurse/realtor since I am also in Michigan. Here is some information for those that can't do a 3 week commitment with the Red Cross. I called the Mississippi Board of Nursing tonight (601) 944-4840 and they are opening a shelter on Tues in Pascagoula (sp?) and will take whatever time you can give, even a couple days. Please don't forget about Mississippi, they got hit very hard but are not getting the attention or help that Louisiana is getting. Once they know you are serious, they will give you another number to call (they may not be manning the phones until the a.m. since the person I talked to said they are all getting a little punchy from working so long. You will need to be self sufficient and bring you own sleeping bag/pillow, I'm unsure about food, will find out tomorrow, and provide your own transportation, they asked me to find at least 3 or 4 nurses or I could just go alone if that was the best I could do. They don't care about specialties, just warm bodies able to help. I am willing to carpool, I can go for sure this Mon through Sun. Let me know if anyone else wants to carpool, we could meet in other states even.
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    Quote from joneeboi
    im a nursing student and i was curious if students were allowed to go and help, if they are can you please send info about it
    Try the Lousiana and Mississippi numbers posted on this site and ask, I'm sure they can use you in an aide capacity! The florida site http://disasterhelp.net/medical/ has a spot for CNAs to check. It's primarily for FL personnel but anyone may enter their info and should be forwarded as needed. They do need people but don't jeopordize your education for it! You won't miss classes or clinicals??


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