Volunteer Nurses Needed for Hurricane Emergency!

  1. 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!

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  3. by   barefootlady
    How will the license issue be handled?
  4. by   z's playa
    There was someone else who wanted to go overseas to help during the aftermath of the bombing but the license was indeed a topic of concern.

    Big hearts....mucho red tape.

  5. by   NRSKarenRN
    ana's bioterrorism and disaster response for hurricane katrina
    has more info on volunteer opportunites.

    see: http://nursingworld.org/news/disaster/katrina.htm

    louisiana state board of nursing

    p.s.: if you can't volunteer, donating blood would be an great idea. everything in hospitals in new orleans will need to be replaced. great increase in accidents post storm during cleanup too.

    locate red cross blood drives:
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Aug 31, '05
  6. by   sunnyjohn
    Here is a post from a hospital worker on another BB. If you can go, please do. BE SAFE!

    Quote from Sondra
    Hi again. I am at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport, MS. (60 miles east of New Olreans in Harrison County, MS) We have no outside communication except via email due to underground cables. I don't know where to start. I have only slept about 8 hours since 10/11am on Sunday morning. I have worked like never before. I can be thankful that we have our own well, running water, electricity, and internet. Our generator power nor food supply is expected to last past Thursday morning. I am sure we will get supplies, but it will be tight.

    On Sunday morning, I left for work with 3 pairs of scrubs, socks and undergarments, a battery powered alarm clock, an Ann Rice novel and a small supply of food in my bookbad. These are now the only item I own. I was able to leave the hospital for a few hours during which time I went to check on my house and the family that I have that were still in town. My house in Bay St. Louis, MS, was completely filled with water and all of my belongings are destroyed. I have not been able to contact my boyfriend of five years. I have circulated his description and will try to locate him tomorrow if I have my releif show up.

    My relief was in Atlanta, GA. She is my cousin. She called her mother who is in the northern part of the state and told her that she was stuck in Hattiesburg, MS (1.5 hours north of the hospital) because there was no gas to be purchased anywhere. Her mother emailed me at midnight and told me that as of an hour ago, she siphoned gas out of an abandoned vehicle to continue her trip. The gas she siphoned may still not be enough to get her here. Her mother said that she is now out of cell phone contact. The people who are able to use their cell phones get a verizon wireless message stating the at it will cost 2.99 to activate and 1.99 a minute to talk. We have been able to get a few outside phone calls to the hospital, but the phone lines are very messed up. We are able to use the phones for interhospital communication.

    I spent part of my four hours outside today locating dead bodies and tying a red, plastic ribbon to the closest tree. Helicopters blades are a constant reminder as well as the blackness that surrounds me.

    As far as anything being operational, it will be months before my hospital is restored. We have a lot of structural damage. The windows in the patient rooms and along the south (beach facing) side blew out. We had to put our patients in the hallway during the storm. We are now taking in so many people it is unreal. We are discharging patients and putting them on the floor in the cafeteria just so we can have the bed to put a new patient in. I have seen so many people who were submerged in water for hours. People are coming to the hospital because they have no where else to go. It will take several weeks just to restore sanitary conditions here, but it will take months to become fully functional and years to rebuild...
    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
  7. by   msmona
    Safe to say student nurses not able to assist?
  8. by   sunnyjohn
    Quote from msmona
    Safe to say student nurses not able to assist?
    Why not start a Student Nurses Aid Drive at your school? Set up a table in the school's lobby or cafeteria.

    You may not be able to physical help, but the Red Cross and other agencies can use every penny they get.
  9. by   sunny59
    Quote from sunnyjohn
    Why not start a Student Nurses Aid Drive at your school? Set up a table in the school's lobby or cafeteria.

    You may not be able to physical help, but the Red Cross and other agencies can use every penny they get.

    A few of us have talked about this, do to the economic conditions here, we seriously doubt we could raise much money, but, supplies are another story. We thought about basic items; toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc, pehaps a small comfort item for children? What do you all think? Would this be of help to anyone? Would we send through the red cross, or should we contact a student nurse organization in the area (not affected but on the outskirts) to handle distribution. Any suggestions, comments and such would be appreciated. We need to get this figured out before we attempt anything.
  10. by   danfif
    I am in the process of putting together a medical team from the Kansas City area to aid in the medical relief effort, but information is hard to come by, and contacts in that area are even harder to make. All phone lines are busy or out. Any contact information would be greatly appreciated. We can fly into any area of need we just need to know who to contact and how, so plans can be made.

    Feel free to contact me at via private messaging with any information

    Last edit by sirI on Aug 31, '05 : Reason: delete email address
  11. by   bargainhound
    red cross
  12. by   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.
    Last edit by sirI on Aug 31, '05 : Reason: delet email address
  13. by   danfif
    I talked to the Red Cross this morning, and they will only take people who will give them a 3 week block of time. We would be looking at a week at best.

  14. by   Jay-Jay
    Found the following links on another site I frequent:

    For anyone looking to help, the Federal Emergency Management Agency lists these organizations for those seeking to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina:

    To donate cash
    American Red Cross (800) HELP NOW (435-7669)
    Operation Blessing (800) 436-6348
    America's Second Harvest (800) 344-8070

    To donate cash or volunteer
    Adventist Community Services (800) 381-7171
    Catholic Charities, USA (703) 549-1390
    Christian Disaster Response (941) 956-5183 or (941) 551-9554
    Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (800) 848-5818
    Church World Service (800) 297-1516
    Convoy of Hope (417) 823-8998
    Lutheran Disaster Response (800) 638-3522
    Mennonite Disaster Service (717) 859-2210
    Nazarene Disaster Response (888) 256-5886
    Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (800) 872-3283
    Salvation Army (800) SAL-ARMY (725-2769)
    Southern Baptist Convention -- Disaster Relief (800) 462-8657, ext. 6133
    United Methodist Committee on Relief (800) 554-8583