Have you thanked an American Red Cross nurse this week?

Members of the American Red Cross Health Care Training staff held their yearly meeting at the American Red Cross Cambridge office on Friday.

National Nurses Week is May 6-12. During this week, it is an American Red Cross tradition to recognize the contributions of thousands of American Red Cross nurses who daily help us fulfill our mission. We also remember the selfless contributions of Red Cross nurses during times of disaster and conflict from the time the organization was founded, said Gail McGovern, President and CEO of the American Red Cross.

The Red Cross has been involved in nursing for more than 100 years. At the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts, the Nurse Assistant/Home Health Aide program continues the tradition of outstanding training that benefits participants and their communities.

“The program makes my heart sing,” said Kathryn Glouster, who has been a Red Cross nurse for 19 years.

Jean A. Robbins, a nurse since 1979, joined with the American Red Cross in 1990, and stuck around for the organization’s “great purpose.” “I like being a role model. I like inspiring others.”

Maris Groger, a Red Cross nurse for close to 20 years, said the job is rewarding. “I ran into a former student who told me ‘because of you, I am successful’,” she said.

For Debbie Adams, she says many of the nurses who have been working with the Red Cross for close to two decades – like herself – still have a lot left to give. “We’ve trained fathers, mothers, daughters, and sons,” she said. “We enjoy giving back to our future.”

These nurses, and thousands more who help the Red Cross fulfill our mission, inspire all of us in our service to others. This National Nurses Week, be sure to say “thank you” to the nurses with whom you work.

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