Minutes, hours and even days immediately following an event can quickly overwhelm emergency workers. Registered volunteers help to bolster care. Register to help.
In Nebraska, we've made huge strides in planning and strengthening our emergency response. However, we need your help. If you are a healthcare professional, consider registering to volunteer your services during a public health crisis.
The tragic events of September 11, anthrax attacks, Hurricane Katrina and pandemic flu threats have increased the national attention given to public health emergency preparedness and the difficulties associated with effectively utilizing healthcare volunteers during a mass casualty event or public health crisis.
Experience has shown that in an emergency, overwhelming numbers of healthcare personnel are eager and willing to volunteer their services. The Nebraska Volunteer Registry is a comprehensive database that functions as a central repository for volunteer information. Individuals interested in volunteering will indicate their interests, credentials and contact information in this secure, electronic environment. Information can then be queried and appropriate volunteers contacted by authorized personnel. Advanced registration of healthcare volunteers will provide hospitals, public health, and emergency authorities immediate access to qualified and credentialed personnel that may be needed in the event of an emergency.
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services in collaboration with the UNMC College of Public Health's Health Professions Tracking Service, developed an internet-based volunteer registry system that conforms to ASPR's national standards and definitions. The Nebraska initiative is referred to as "Nebraska's Volunteer Registry." This initiative places recruitment and management of Nebraska's healthcare volunteers under one state-wide system.
Nebraska's Volunteer Registry is designed for volunteers with all skill levels and experiences. Currently, recruitment and registration focuses on:
- Cardiovascular Technologists & Technicians
- Certified Nurse Anesthetists
- Certified Nurse Midwives
- Clinical Nurse Specialists
- Clinical Social Workers
- Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
- Emergency Medical Technicians
- Licensed Practical Nurses
- Marriage & Family Therapists
- Medical/Clinical Laboratory Technologists & Technicians
- Medical Records & Health Information Technicians
- Mental Health Counselors
- Nurse Practitioners
- Physician Assistants
- Radiologic Technologists & Technicians
- Registered Nurses
- Respiratory Therapists
Lend a helping hand. Register today.
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