Do you know somebody volunteering?

  1. Does anybody know a doctor or nurse responding as a voluteer for the tsunami disaster? Which organization are they with? Is anybody else inspired to volunteer in the future?

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  3. by   Blackcat99
    No I don't know anyone who is going to the disaster. I checked the Red Cross site to see if they were presently looking for doctor or nurse volunteers to go and help but they are not looking for volunteers at this time.
  4. by   SusanJean
    Not personally, but Doctors w/out Borders was one of the first organizations on the scene. We have donated to them.

    I imagine many organizations will go in in the months ahead to relieve those there, and to help rebuild.

    From what I gather, the medical needs are very basic -- clean water, cheap antibiotics and food.
  5. by   mitchsmom
    My husband and I want to volunteer with something like Dr's Without Borders when the kids are out of the nest

    The health needs over there may grow if they get epidemics d/t conditions.
    Last edit by mitchsmom on Dec 31, '04
  6. by   bluesky
    I had a similar question and was repeatedly told by various different organizations that cash was more important than services right now as they need to meet basic needs (food, clean water- as a previous poster has mentioned) AND the means to get it there.
  7. by   suzanne4
    Several of my students have volunteered but they are already licensed nurses in Thailand. They have been put on a list and are just waiting to get a call to leave.
  8. by   purplemania
    yes. one of our ER nurses went to the Red Cross and voluntered to go to Sri Lanka. She left Thursday.
  9. by   Roy Fokker
    I wanted to go back home but father wouldn't hear of it...
  10. by   EyesForward
    Quote from purplemania
    yes. one of our ER nurses went to the Red Cross and voluntered to go to Sri Lanka. She left Thursday.
    Oh wow, I didn't know it could happen that quickly if you wanted to go. I figured you'd have to sign up, get interviewed, receive a brief/inservice of some sort, wait, and then be ready at a moment's notice. I wonder if she had to commit to a certain amount of time?
  11. by   Blackcat99
    Quote from purplemania
    yes. one of our ER nurses went to the Red Cross and voluntered to go to Sri Lanka. She left Thursday.
    Wow! I wonder why the red cross internet site said they had their own people to go to the disaster and then I hear this nurse has left already??? Had she already had previous Red cross volunteer training in the past? Anyway, that's wonderful that she volunteered to go to Sri Lanka!!! :hatparty:
  12. by   EyesForward
    Quote from Roy Fokker
    I wanted to go back home but father wouldn't hear of it...
    Where is home? Do you have friends, relatives in one of the ravaged countries?
  13. by   talaxandra
    There are sign-up sheets on every ward of my hospital, but they have asked for nurses with ED or OR experience (which I don't have). ideally they want people with current passports and up-to-date immunisation.
    I'm heartened by the fact that every list I've seen so far has at least half a dozen names.
  14. by   Blackcat99
    Quote from talaxandra
    There are sign-up sheets on every ward of my hospital, but they have asked for nurses with ED or OR experience (which I don't have). ideally they want people with current passports and up-to-date immunisation.
    I'm heartened by the fact that every list I've seen so far has at least half a dozen names.
    That's wonderful news to hear that nurses are willing to go to the disaster areas!!! :hatparty: I am a coward. I would be afraid to go because I can only imagine how stressful the job would be.

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