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Nurses! Let's stand up and help the victims of Hurricane Harvey!

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Right this very second, lives are being forever changed by the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey. Nurses would like to be on the front lines and help the relief efforts. If you can't be there, you still can help.

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Nurses! Let's stand up and help the victims of Hurricane Harvey!

Nurses!

Right this very second there lives being destroyed in Texas.

And, like you, I wish I could go out on the front lines and help the relief efforts.

But, I can't up and leave my life.

I made a video to help spread the message about the Hurricane devastation and to encourage our fellow nurses to consider donating.

Since we can't leave our lives, donation is the next best option.

There are a TON of relief organizations and efforts.

Simply pick one and consider even donating a single dollar.

Anything makes a difference.

Let's stand up!

Tag your nursing buddies to get the word out.

Let's do what we do best and make an amazing difference in these Texan's lives.

Donate to the Red Cross

Donate to the Salvation Army Disaster Relief

Donate to Heart to Heart International

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CrunchRN, ADN, RN

Specializes in Clinical Research, Outpt Women's Health. Has 25 years experience.

Nicely done. I am in Fort Worth and the scope of this event is just unbelievable. I plan to donate money and blood and hopefully help in any way I can.

3 shelters open in Dallas and preparing a 4th in the convention center to take in 5,000 people starting tomorrow.

They are going to have to evacuate Ben Taub hospital with 350 patients they are saying.

Just unreal. All these people are going to need homes and jobs. Not sure how you even do that. Thankful for all the dedicated people and professionals that are giving their all to help and for efforts like yours.

Kitiger, RN

Specializes in Private Duty Pediatrics. Has 42 years experience.

I'm donating blood today, but I guess I was thinking more about Labor Day Weekend and the extra need for blood related to car accidents. Thank you for pointing out that the various disaster relief organizations need money!

OrganizedChaos, LVN

Specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab. Has 10 years experience.

Thank you all so much. I don't want to say where I grew up for fear of outing myself but I just want to say thank you for everyone's help & support. It really means a lot. I don't have much money to donate but I am trying to help in any way possible. It was gut wrenching watching my town get torn to bits. :(

Kitiger, RN

Specializes in Private Duty Pediatrics. Has 42 years experience.

When I gave blood today, the Red Cross nurse said the need for blood in the areas affected by Harvey is critical because they can't have their own blood drives, and the need for blood is constant. In addition, we have Labor Day weekend coming up. This nurse also told me that the Red Cross has struggled - in our area, at least - to keep up with the need for blood since spring.

The need for dollar donations is huge right now, too, so take your pick. There are lots of ways to help.

Lycoriselaine

Has <1 years experience.

Is there a way to help out for those of us who can? I am an LVN in California and also in school for my Bachelor's but having difficulty finding info on volunteering.

EllaBella1, BSN

Specializes in ICU. Has 6 years experience.

Got this email from Fastaff today if anyone was thinking about going down to help:

Fastaff nurses are known as the first to serve in urgent and crucial situations. If you are available immediately to react and care for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and affected states, please apply today.

The Texas Board of Nursing is offering expedited temporary licenses to nurses responding to Hurricane Harvey, and Fastaff will reimburse the cost. If you need help procuring a Texas state license, please apply today to be contacted by a Fastaff recruiter.

OrganizedChaos, LVN

Specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab. Has 10 years experience.

Lycoriselaine said:
Is there a way to help out for those of us who can? I am an LVN in California and also in school for my Bachelor's but having difficulty finding info on volunteering.

I don't think LVNs can travel into different states, I know RNs can. If you are interested you can try contacting Fastaff to see if you can. But LVNs have different scopes of practice from state to state, whereas RNs don't.

I live in Houston. It is terrible here not going to lie about that. But we will prevail.

fibroblast

Has 5 years experience.

I live in southeast Texas and if we wanted to help, there is no way on the freeways that we can commute. They are all flooded.

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hppygr8ful, ASN, RN, EMT-I

Specializes in Psych, Addictions, SOL (Student of Life). Has 19 years experience.

If there is a "Boots on the ground organization" I can donate to I would gladly do so but after the RED Cross debacles surrounding 911 and Katrina I will never give money to the Red Cross again. I'll give them my blood 3 to 4 times a year but no money.

Hppy

OrganizedChaos, LVN

Specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab. Has 10 years experience.

Kyrshamarks said:
I live in Houston. It is terrible here not going to lie about that. But we will prevail.

All of the Texas coast will rebuild. I'm sorry for your loss. So many of my friends came home to nothing. I am just devastated for them. My heart breaks for everyone. I just want to win the lottery to help everyone. Watching my home town get demolished was just so painful.

OrganizedChaos, LVN

Specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab. Has 10 years experience.

fibroblast said:
I live in southeast Texas and if we wanted to help, there is no way on the freeways that we can commute. They are all flooded.

I know they are looking for help where Harvey first hit, in the Port A/Rockport/Aransas Pass area.

I would love to head to Texas and help out as an RN licensed in GA. I filled out an application through the American Red Cross found on the ANA website. I will look at Fastaff recuiter site as well. Thanks.

brandy1017, ASN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care.

I've read the Red Cross keeps most of the money donated for a specific disaster for future needs, rather than giving it out for the people it was actually donated for! Also I feel the Red Cross pays its CEO too much!

Hey, question, I have an auto immune disease that I have had from birth. Never been told I cant donate blood and It is in remission but I wonder can I still donate blood? It isnt a disease that i caught, it is simply that my body attacks itself.

I live in Wichita Kansas and I am an RN, I would like to volunteer my time to help the victims of hurricane Harvey. I worked at the astrodome in Huston during Hurricane Katrina. I have no idea where I would report or even if I can get into Huston. Please can someone help me with this information? God Bless Texas!