A History of Red Cross Nurses: From Clara Barton to COVID-19

By Jillian Robertson, Red Cross Communicator My grandmother was a nurse for many years, though not with the Red Cross. She kept her nursing uniform on display in her home long after she had retired. I was always struck by the starched collar and still-crisp hat, visual reminders of the pride and professionalism with which she carried out her work. From a young age, I understood that was how nurses conducted themselves and that feeling...

Virgi Mateo: Home health with a human touch

By Goldi Riyahi Egger, Red Cross Volunteer Virgi Mateo has administered more than a million flu shots throughout her career, but she’s hardly a prickly pear. I spoke with Virgi, an American Red Cross volunteer and home healthcare director, to gain some insight into what life is like as a healthcare professional during these difficult times. During our conversation, she also shed light on how we can do our part in small...

Barbara Chang: Red Cross nurse with a passion for blood donation 

By Shubhangi Mittal, American Red Cross volunteer  American Red Cross volunteer and registered nurse Barbara Chang has been interested in medicine and in helping people since she was a young girl. Later on, she was fascinated by learning about the ins and outs of how different medicines affected the body. This interest only continued to grow and motivated her to become a nurse.   As a nurse, she found it gratifying to help people and...

Val Andler: A faith in the possibility of something better

By Gene Jeffers, Board Chair, Red Cross San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chapter  “We take care of people,” said nurse Val Andler. “That’s what we do.”   And caring for people is exactly what Val has done as a volunteer for the American Red Cross.  As a young woman, Val worked hard for her nursing degree, but back in those days, her husband didn’t want her to work. He suggested that she volunteer with the Red Cross. He had been...

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