Nursing has always extended beyond the four walls of a hospital. In fact, that’s where the profession started.
From churches, schools, clinics, and camps, to parks, homeless shelters, food banks, and emergency centers, nurses continue to play an integral role in society as agents of community service and volunteering.
In part two of this two-part series, we will take a look at three powerful ways nurses are making a difference in the world around them.
Serving the homeless
Many nurses enjoy making a difference among the homeless in their communities. They volunteer in local soup kitchens or organizations that help feed the hungry while also working with local establishments to collect and distribute essential items like clothing, blankets, and toiletries.
In more urban areas, nurses may have a multitude of other options for helping the homeless. They may lend a hand in providing education, giving vaccines, or treating minor wounds or injuries.
Making a difference locally
Since the vitality of one’s neighborhood has a direct impact on the overall wellness of individuals living within it, no small act of service can be understated. For example, nurses improve lives by picking up trash, cleaning up overgrown fields, and creating healthy spaces such as community gardens—all excellent ways to help improve a neighborhood.
Nurses may also have the opportunity to collaborate with their city’s local agencies to join, establish, or manage community service programs.
Joining the Red Cross
According to the Red Cross, nurses have been vital to the work of disaster and emergency preparedness and response within our country since 1888.
Nurses who volunteer their time with the Red Cross can serve to educate members of their community, assist in blood drives, respond in times of disaster, and more.
So get out there, and sign up! You’ll be so glad you did!
This article was originally published on Calling All Nurses.