Three U.S. nurses were among 28 worldwide to receive the 42nd Florence Nightingale Medal from the International Committee of the Red Cross.
The medal, which is awarded every two years, was given to Susan Hassmiller, RN, PhD, FAAN, of Princeton Junction, N.J.; Meredith Buck, RN, of Chalfont, Pa.; and Diana Whaley, RN, of Rockwood, Tenn., in a June 25 ceremony in Washington, D.C.
These three volunteers are inspirations to the thousands of nurses who help the Red Cross fulfill its lifesaving mission, said Vivian Littlefield, the American Red Cross national chairwoman of nursing.
Hassmiller, who began volunteering with the Red Cross in 1975 after an earthquake in Mexico, is the senior adviser for nursing with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and also is on loan to the Institute of Medicine as director of the RWJF Initiative on the Future of Nursing. She is a member of the board of directors of the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey.
Buck has responded to 55 local and 12 national disasters. She began volunteering for the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. While running her own law office, Buck serves as captain of the disaster health services team and is a manager of disaster health services for the Red Cross.
Whaley, who joined the Red Cross in 2001, has trained more than 150 public health nurses in the Knoxville, Tenn., region in disaster health services. The training was deemed so successful that the Tennessee Public Health Department requests all of its nurses be trained in the same manner so they are prepared to help the Red Cross in disaster shelters across the state.