In The Aftermath.....

  1. Red Cross Appeals for Nurses in DC Metro Area

    The American Red Cross needs help to provide compassionate assistance, grief counseling, and/or information to those affected by the recent tragedies experienced by our nation. Nurses and mental health professionals from the metropolitan Washington, DC area are needed to answer calls placed to a toll-free
    national compassion and information hotline. This new hotline is designed to immediately meet family and individual needs resulting from the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the plane crash in Pennsylvania.

    Healthcare professionals are being asked to volunteer for 4 hour shifts. Training is scheduled for first time hotline volunteers; briefings and de-briefings are included during each shift worked.
    See the link below for the phone number to call to volunteer. Please identify yourself as a nurse and/or a mental health professional. Take your license with you when you report for duty. (note: If you are a retired, inactive or student nurse, your service IS desired. Your assignment may differ somewhat from that of the registered nurse.)

    The Information, Compassion and Assistance Center is operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week in Falls Church, VA. Contact info is at:
    American Nurses Association | NursingInsider News
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    NY RNs and NYSNA Carry on with New York City Convention Plans

    Albany, NY - Amid the City's calls for a "return to normalcy" and in keeping with the effort to return to business as usual following the devastating attacks of September 11, the New York State Nurses Association is proceeding with plans to hold its 100th annual convention in New York City on November 1 -
    4, 2001.

    "We want to demonstrate our support for the citizens of New York by coming to the city to celebrate our Centennial," said Martha Orr, RN, NYSNA executive director. "We also want to encourage and thank our members who were directly involved in caring for the victims of the attack."

    NYSNA represents registered nurses at St. Vincents Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital, which received many of those injured following the collapse of the World Trade Center towers. Hundreds of NYSNA members from other parts of the city and state volunteered to help, and many continue to provide counseling and care to victims and their loved ones. NYSNA's Wall Street office, just a few blocks from Ground Zero, was closed for a week following the attack but is once again in operation.

    The convention, which will be held at the Hilton New York in Manhattan, will feature a keynote address by Mrs. Coretta Scott King. More than 30 hours of continuing education will be offered, including sessions on care of the elderly, recent developments in breast cancer treatment, pain management, and diagnosis and treatment of Hepatitis C. Dozens of products and services of interest to nurses will be featured in the exhibit hall on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.

    ALL registered nurses are welcome to attend the convention and Centennial celebration. For more information and registration material, RNs from every state may contact NYSNA at the Web site On-site registration will begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1.
  4. by   -jt
    In the Aftermath
    by Deborah Egel, RN, mental health nurse, Creedmoor Addiction Treatment Center

    "A couple of weeks after the attacks, I got a call from the NYSNA District 14 office saying that mental-health nurses were needed to help the families of the victims. They sent me a flyer, and I circulated it at work. Three of us from Creedmoor went, along with Donna LaFiosca, a NYSNA member in the visiting nurse program at Mt. Sinai. We were told to go on Sunday, Sept. 30 to a pier on 54th Street. We arrived at t 7:30 a.m.

    Mental-health nurses were giving out death certificates to the victims families and doing crisis counseling and grief counseling, and lawyers were telling the families about their rights, how to receive benefits, and so on.
    A man from the Federal Emergency Management Agency came over to us and asked, Are there any mental-health nurses here who dont get seasick? It turned out, they needed nurses to go on boats with the victims families to Ground Zero.

    On my boat were about a dozen families, including two children of about 10 and 11. I just want to say that it was a privilege and an honor to be with those families at that time, in their most private moment. When we got off the boat, we walked through Battery Park to look at the wreckage of the destroyed towers. Their feelings and reactions varied, depending on the person. Some were going through the deepest kind of grief, some were coming close to acceptance of their loss, and some seemed to have reached a kind of closure.

    As we walked from the boat to Ground Zero, the most amazing thing happened. Police, firefighters and construction workers were all busy trying to remove the rubble, keep people out of the area, restore power, and keep everyone safe. But when they saw the families coming, they stopped, turned off their equipment, removed their helmets or hats, and bowed their heads in silence until we had passed by. This gesture was very moving, for all of us.

    At the makeshift memorial to the victims, the family members placed various personal items, like teddy bears, candles, etc. Some prayed; some cried. We gave them all the time they needed. On the way back, they thanked not only the nurses whod accompanied them, but also the firefighters, police, construction workers and all the volunteers who were still working so hard in that area. They told them how much it meant to them, to see how much people cared."

    Nurses Stories from the Field - "Ground Zero"
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    I am a New Yorker.
    I no longer live in the five boroughs or on "the Island" or "Upstate".
    I may live hundreds or thousands of miles away.
    Or I may live just over the GW Bridge,
    But I am still a New Yorker.

    I am a New Yorker.
    Whatever took me out of New York:
    Business, family or hating the cold
    did not take New York out of me.
    My accent may have faded (or maybe not!) and my pace may have slowed,
    But I am still a New Yorker.

    I am a New Yorker.
    I was raised on Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and Rockefeller Plaza,
    The Yankees or the Mets (Giants or Dodgers), Jones Beach or
    Rye Beach or one of the beaches on the sound (Orchard Beach).
    I know that "THE END" means Montauk,
    Because I am a New Yorker.

    I am a New Yorker.
    When I go on vacation to other cities, I never look up because
    Skyscrapers are something I take for granted.
    The Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty are part of me.
    Taxis and noise and subways and "ged atta heauh!" don't rattle me.
    Because I am a New Yorker.

    I am a New Yorker.
    I was raised on cultural diversity before it was politically correct.
    I eat Greek food and Italian food, Jewish and Middle Eastern food and Chinese food
    because they are all American food to me.
    I don't get mad when people speak other languages in my presence,
    Because my relatives got to this country via Ellis Island and chose to stay...
    They were New Yorkers.

    I am a New Yorker.
    People who have never been to New York have misunderstood me.
    My friends and family work in the industries, professions and businesses that benefit all Americans.
    My firefighters died saving New Yorkers and non-New Yorkers.
    They died saving Americans and non-Americans.
    They saved more than 30,000 lives in that hour on that day.
    And then they lost their own.
    They were New Yorkers.

    I am a New Yorker.
    I feel the pain of my fellow New Yorkers.
    I mourn the loss for my beautiful city.
    I feel and dread that New York will never be the same.
    But then I remember:
    I am a New Yorker.

    And New Yorkers have:
    Tenacity, strength and courage way above the norm.
    Compassion and caring for our fellow citizens.
    Love and pride in our city, our people, in our state, in our country.
    Intelligence, experience and education par excellence.
    Ability, dedication, vibrance, and energy above and beyond.
    and Faith - no matter what religion we practice.

    Terrorists hit America in its heart,
    But America's heart still beats strong.
    They demolished the steel in our buildings, but they didn't touch the steel in our souls.
    They hit us in the pocketbook; but we'll parlay what we have left into a fortune.
    They ended innocent lives leaving widows and orphans, but we'll take care of them.

    Because they are New Yorkers.

    Wherever we live, whatever we do, whoever we are,
    There are New Yorkers in every state and every city of this nation.
    We will not abandon our city.
    We will not abandon our brothers and sisters.
    We will not abandon the beauty, creativity and diversity that New York represents,
    Because we are New Yorkers.
    And we are proud to be New Yorkers"