From the moment Hurricane Florence set its sights on the Carolina coastline, everyone knew the impact would be big. And despite weakening in strength just before landfall, the high winds and even higher waters carved a path of destruction through the state, the scope of which Carolinians are still trying to grasp.
It’s exactly the type of situation where nurses would be needed most… but unfortunately, the North and South Carolina nurses are among the storm’s victims.
Which is why the North Carolina Foundation For Nursing is putting out the call for help nationwide—to collect donations “to provide support to nurses who have suffered loss or damages from Hurricane Florence. The NCFN – Nurse Recovery Fund seeks tax-deductible donations whose sole purpose is to help nurses get back on their feet sooner; NCNA and NCFN believe that helping nurses return to their normal lives will benefit the entire state.”
The emergency campaign is both generous and perceptive—without nurses on the ground and in the hospitals, recovery efforts in the Carolinas would be seriously handicapped. And the speed at which the campaign was launched is no accident. After Hurricane Harvey ripped through Texas in 2017—also leaving many hospitals understaffed—the Texas Nurses Association created a similar campaign to help get their staff back on their feet and into their scrubs. And before Hurricane Florence had even made landfall, the TNA was already sharing what they’d learned with their nursing comrades in the Carolinas.
“It is immensely harder to focus on patient care if you are reeling from your own losses, so we see this as a chance to support our fellow nurses and try to help them get back to normal,” said NCNA President Elaine Scherer, MAEd, BSN, RN. “Caring for each other is a vital part of being a nurse. We saw an opportunity to step up and have a positive impact on a terrible situation. Doing nothing was simply not an option.”
One thing is for sure, the eastern Carolinas aren’t out of the woods yet. Waters continue to rise, and the hurricane is already proving to be one of the costliest natural disasters in recent history. If there were ever a time to have a full staff of nurses ready to help, it’s now.
If you’d like to donate (or if you’d like to share this article to help raise support), donations can be made at this link. And if you know of any nurses who were impacted by the east coast storm, they can apply for assistance here.
There’s also an opportunity for nurses (even nurses here in the Bay Area) to volunteer to help those impacted by the storms. Nursing.org recently posted an article with the many ways in which you or your nursing colleagues can get involved. That article is available here.
A big thanks to everyone doing what they can to help the nurses impacted by the storm.