Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners

You may or may not be aware that the Red Cross responds to disasters every single day from home fires to hurricanes – in Louisiana, they average about 5-8 house fires per day. The Health Services team, comprised of licensed healthcare professionals, support clients throughout all of it. 
The Louisiana Red Cross is looking for a nurse to serve in the role of Regional Nurse Leader.  
This role functions to build and lead a team to increase the capacity within the health services team. 
Qualifying licenses for team members include:   
• Registered Nurse (RN) 
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) 
• Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) 
• Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)* 
• Paramedic* 
• Medical Doctor (MD) 
• Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) 
• Physician Assistant (PA) 
• Nurse Practitioner (NP) 
• Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) 
• State-issued Retired Licenses also qualify 
 * Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic certification by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT), by itself, does not give an individual the right to practice. State licensure/certification is required. 
If you are interested in pursing this volunteer opportunity, please email Rebecca Merritt, Regional Volunteer Services Coordinator at rebecca.merritt@redcross.org. 
Job description for specific tasks associated with the Regional Nurse Leader role.   
This position supports the Regional Volunteer Services department. The Regional Nurse Leader (RNL) is a front-line leader of the Nursing Network who partners with the local Regional Volunteer Services Officer (RVSO) to recruit health professional volunteers per regional needs. The RNL provides guidance on nursing and health matters and helps build the health professional network in the region. RNLs promote volunteer engagement and satisfaction across the business lines and work to achieve the Volunteer Services Chief Nurse Initiatives. The American Red Cross National Nursing Network is comprised of all Red Cross nurses. Nursing Network leaders recruit and support nurses and other health professionals across all business lines to implement strategic goals of the American Red Cross as articulated in the Chief Nurse Initiatives. The American Red Cross is divided into geographic divisions, regions and chapters for service delivery. Each division has a Division Nurse Leader (DNL) appointed by the Chief Nurse and the Director of the Nursing Network. DNLs appoint Associate Division Nurse Leaders (ADNLs) to support RNLs and to assist them according to the division’s unique needs. There may be more than one RNL per region, depending on regional needs. 
Key Responsibilities:  
  • Proactively support and guide Red Cross units in volunteer recruitment, reception, retention, and recognition to build health professional capacity across all business lines and at all levels of the organization in support of organizational and regional priorities. Assist units in volunteer recruitment to reflect community demographics. 
  • Act as a resource for nursing and health in the region across all business lines, working collaboratively with Nursing Network leaders and others to achieve the Chief Nurse Initiatives.
  • Establish a good working relationship with key leaders at the regional level (e.g., Emergency Services Director, CEO, nurse/health leaders in other business lines).
  • Establish relationships with community partners (nurses and non-nurses) and maintain updated roster.
  • Coordinate meetings for regional nurses and other health professionals, engaging colleagues and partners as appropriate in support of the Chief Nurse Initiatives.
  • Regularly communicate nursing and health-related successes (e.g., awards, media coverage, projects) to other Nursing Network leaders and through other communication venues.
  • Ensure that nurse volunteers enter their nurse-specific information in Volunteer Connection and submit all volunteer hours.
  • Submit all RNL hours in Volunteer Connection on at least a monthly basis and maintain an updated Volunteer Connection profile.
  • Complete quarterly metrics and annual Nursing & Health Leaders Diversity Survey.
  • Recruit and support Nursing Network Engagement Specialists as needed.
RNLs should recruit for and mentor their own replacements in consultation with RVSOs and DNLs.