Nursing Students and Faculty Certified as Official Red Cross Volunteers
After traveling to Panama in 2010, USF Nursing Instructor Desiree’ Metzger, MSN, ARNP-C felt passionate about furthering the students’ community health experience. Metzger also recognized the dire need to help provide healthcare to abused and abandoned children living in rural children’s homes in Panama that depend on volunteer staff from the Cruz Roja (Red Cross).
“I knew that it would be a huge undertaking to get the next students traveling to Panama certified as Official Volunteers of the American Red Cross, but worth it in so many ways,” said Metzger. “It not only gives students the ability provide care to a very under served population, but also provides students with opportunities to enhance and practice basic nursing knowledge and skills, provide meaningful services and interact with volunteers and clients from different cultures, as well as develop leadership skills.”
Working with the Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross, a special orientation process was designed to certify USF Nursing students and faculty traveling to Panama as Official Volunteers of the American Red Cross. Members of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross visited the College of Nursing in April to lead the orientation.
Members of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross, visited the College of Nursing at the University of South Florida and facilitated a special orientation to certify USF Nursing students and faculty traveling to Panama as Official Volunteers of the American Red Cross. (Left to Right) Red Cross member Margaret Brown, USF Nursing Instructor Tanika Vivian, Red Cross member Cindy Gormley, Red Cross member Jean Van Voorhis, USF Nursing Instructor Desiree’ Metzger and USF Nursing Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Global Health Sandra Cadena.