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Volume I, Issue 8
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The Student Nurse Advisor - Volume I, Issue 8 - September 15, 2001

The Student Nurse Advisor

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It is with a heavy heart that I send out the September, 2001 issue of The Student Nurse Advisor. This week's terrorist attacks on our nation have profoundly affected us all - we will never be the same. I would like to share the following website - a photo journal of the outpouring of grief and support seen around the world in the wake of this tragedy:
Our hearts break in unison

This month's issue will depart from its regular format to address disaster management and ways student nurses can help with relief efforts.

On a final, note, I beg the world to hold responsible the perpetrators of these acts of hatred, not followers of Islam. Islam literally translated means peace. Those responsible for these horrendous deeds are not followers of Islam. Let us work to eradicate terrorism and hatred in all its forms - we must stand united as brothers and sisters of one world family.

Special Report:  When Disaster Strikes
What You Can Do To Help

SPECIAL REPORT:  When Disaster Strikes

NOTE:  To read the full article, click on the title.

 Three Day Tour of Duty Down East
UNC Gazette
In 1999, more than 60 volunteers from the UNC School of Nursing headed east to help with Hurricane Floyd relief efforts, doing everything from mopping up to giving tetanus shots. This moving article relates the experiences of one of those volunteers.

 Disaster Planning
When a disaster strikes, the general population expects public service agencies and other branches of the local, state, or federal government to rapidly mobilize to help the community. Preservation of life and health are of paramount importance to those individuals affected by these disasters. This peer-reviewed article takes a look at the disaster classification system, the phases of disaster response and contingency planning.

 Critical Incident Stress Management
American Association of Occupational Health Nurses
When a critical incident strikes, the tragedy brings profound grief and trauam that ripples to every dimension of life. The Critical Incident Stress Management Process described in this article provides the vehicle through which occupational health professionals can deliver compassionate, effective health care to employees, families, and communities in crisis.

 Triage: Life in the ER
University of Maryland
Triage: Life in the ER presents triage from the nursing perspective. Typically, the word triage invokes images of medical professionals working feverishly in a disaster scenario. Emergency room nurses, however, are actively involved in triage each and every day. Effective triage requires specific nursing skills and knowledge such as: appropriate assessment techniques, the rules and principles of triage, and the scope of practice of staff. This online tutorial is designed to provide the learner with the information he or she will need to effectively assess and triage patients entering the " virtual ER."

What You Can Do To Help The Victims Of The Terrorist Attack On The U.S.

NOTE:  To read the full article, click on the title.

 Student Nurse Volunteer Opportunities with the American Red Cross
American Red Cross
Every day, the American Red Cross is involved in helping people when they need it most…whether it's half a million disaster victims or one sick child who needs blood. Student nurses have been involved in helping the Red Cross deliver critical community services for more than half a century. Volunteering with the American Red Cross provides a setting that is relevant to learning nursing skills and can lead to a life long opportunity for service. There are over 34 different types of volunteer services student nurses can offer the American Red Cross, and after completing 10 hours of service, you will receive the American Red Cross Nursing Pin. Please click on the link above to learn about the many ways you can make a difference!

 NYC Emergency Volunteer Information
Information on who to contact if you are an EMT, paramedic, nurse or nurse's aide able to help in the disaster relief effort. Also includes other ways to help, including where to donate blood, supplies and financial assistance.

 Supplies Needed for Relief Efforts
NY Rock
This article lists supplies that will be needed - please note that New York City is currently overwhelmed with supplies - hang on to your donations and send them in a few weeks from now. The article also lists homeless shelters that have been set up to help victims, and contact information if you would like to help them out.

 Relief Organizations Listing
This page offers a comprehensive listing of legitimate organizations providing assistance in the relief efforts for victims of the terrorist attack, as well as families of fallen rescue workers - if you would like to make a financial contribution, these are the folks to send your donations to.

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