Nurses called to help Hurricane Harvey relief efforts




Austin, Texas, area nurses and physicians who serve in the National Guard are being called to help with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, according to an article in the Austin-American Statesman.

Judith Chedville, an advance practice nurse with Austin Regional Clinic, was scheduled to arrive in Dallas Monday night to meet unit 949 BSB Charlie Company, which has members throughout the state who are trained to handle mass casualties, according to the article.

Chedville is one of 12,000 members of the Texas Army and Air National Guard who were mobilized Aug. 28. Active duty units also are on standby to deal with the flooding and continuing rain in the affected area, according to Military.com.

“It is imperative that we do everything possible to protect the lives and safety of people across the state of Texas as we continue to face the aftermath of this storm,” Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas said in the Military.com article.

About 900 Texas Guard members were mobilized before Harvey hit the Gulf Coast Friday and Abbott increased the number to 3,000 on Sunday.

Although, she is not a member of the military, critical care nurse Allie Pillow of Nashville also is making her way to Texas to lend a hand, along with a few other local nurses.

“It’s all hands on deck, all the time,” Pillow said, according to a WKRN.com article. “People don’t ask questions. You just do whatever you need to do.”

In the article, Pillow expressed concern for her fellow nurses in Texas. “These ER nurses that are stuck down there, they have lost everything,” said Pillow. “But they don’t know the actual devastation because they’re not able to leave the hospital.”

These ER nurses that are stuck down there, they have lost everything. But they don’t know the actual devastation because they’re not able to leave the hospital.”

Pillow will fly to Dallas where she will board a bus to Houston, followed by a boat ride to a Houston hospital. “It’s the nature of what I feel like of our profession is, we want to help others,” Pillow said in the article.

Pillow is aware she may not be required to provide “normal emergency care” when she arrives. “… it’s things like cholera, it’s things like tetanus,” said Pillow. “There’s so many things that are gonna be coming up.”

While many hospitals and health systems made significant investments in disaster preparations and fortifying their facilities in the post-Tropical Storm Allison and post-Katrina era, a hurricane and its aftermath still can wreak havoc, no matter how prepared a hospital is. “We’ve made significant investments,” Umair Shah, MD, MPH, executive director of Harris County’s public health department,” said according to an Aug. 28 New York Times article. “The challenge is until it unfolds there’s so many moving pieces and it’s never the same as the situations you’ve previously encountered.”

According to the article, water rose in the basement of Ben Taub Hospital, which had spent billions of dollars on flood protections. Officials announced an evacuation on Aug. 27, but could not begin evacuations because the hospital was surrounded by water and rescuers could not reach its 350 patients. On Monday afternoon, a call went out on local radio for a vendor to provide food for the hospital, according to the article.

As of Monday afternoon, 10 to 15 other hospitals and various nursing homes, some in rural communities, also have evacuated or begun evacuating since the storm made landfall.

We can be dry and open, but if you can’t deliver patients to the medical center, that’s our biggest concern.”

Other hospitals, while still able to operate, were cut off by floodwater from patients trying to reach them. Hospital staff members had trouble getting to work as well, according to the New York Times article.

In parts of the state, Harvey knocked out utilities, forcing hospitals to rely on backup systems.

Texas Medical Center in Houston’s post-Allison preparations at most of its hospitals appeared to have proven beneficial during Hurricane Harvey, as submarine doors protected foundations and kept the power on.

With ambulance routes flooded, however, potential patients had difficulty reaching the complex. “I’ve never heard so few sirens as I have in the last few days, which is upsetting,” William McKeon, Texas Medical Center’s president and chief executive, said in the New York Times article. “We can be dry and open, but if you can’t deliver patients to the medical center, that’s our biggest concern.”

 


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156 responses to “Nurses called to help Hurricane Harvey relief efforts”

  1. How can I get involved with helping? I am a labor and delivery RN with 15+ years experience. I have a coworker friend who suggested we come help out. Who do I contact?

  2. Hello I am an LPN certified in state of Wa would like to volunteer a few weeks how do we sign up fight where to stay? Can’t find any other numbers. Thank you Joyce Marks

  3. Please contact me…I am an RN…have passed my NCLEX. I am available to assist.
    I am from Cardston, Alberta , Canada 🇨🇦
    I have experience in acute care & 23 years in public health.

  4. I want to help. I’m an ER nurse currently not working. I have my acls,pals certification. Also a license in tenn, florida and illinois.

  5. I’m a 15 yr nurse mental health my speciaty…i filled put the application..corey check came back and sent to the RED CROSS…i understand…10 days 10 hr days…i need to let my work know when I’m leaving…please ..email me colleenlelievre@comcast.net….phone 9786217716 thanku and would love to help❤

  6. I am a 30 year LVN and lived in the Rockport area 6 years ago. Please what can I do to help.
    I am free to travel where ever needed.

    Delois

  7. My husband and I are both mental health nurses, him with 20 years experience and me with 10 years. We are willing and able to come to Houston to help. We are registered nurses in California and can help with shots, bandages, wounds, etc. Please contact us 817-718-5249.

  8. Nurse for 45 years worked all fields except ICU licensed in Kentucky and Florida! ER OR RNFA L&D antepartum Medsurg Management! 502 299 4302 Yvonne M Rusch RN

  9. I have 38 years of experience as an RN in all areas of nursing from newborns to elderly. I would be willing to come and help if there is a shortage and I’m sure there is. Who can I contact

  10. Would LOVE to help in any capacity. I am a Registered Nurse with 16 years of experience. Currently working in Hospice Care. Please call me Linda (551) 265-9394

  11. I am an RN in florida and happy to help my home town. Please call 407 496 9804. I have experience in ER, rehab, med surg and long term care.

  12. Critical care RN in DFW. Assisted with relief efforts with Haiti and Katrina. I want to help this time as well. Where could I be of assistance?

    • convention center http://www.grbhouston.com/george-r-brown-emergency-center/ & a group from Dallas is heading down.
      For nurses interested in being part of the Hurricane Harvey Expedited Response, HealthTrust WorkForce Solutions Staffing in Dallas is busing nurses to Houston by the bus-load. They own the hospital staffing accounts in Houston. If interested please contact Shannon Sharp, Director of Recruitment, at 817-492-1610 or 972-443-5504.

  13. I’m from Ontario Canada and have been a RN for 27 years. I work in a large tertiary care hospital currently and am willing to use my vacation time to come assist in a nursing capacity. I have critical care, med/surg and 15 years leadership experience.

  14. Rebecca Richter RN 903-654-9282
    25 years ICU experience, cardiovascular and medical
    ACLS and CPR certified.
    Wanting to work asap and live in Texas, very close
    to Houston, Dallas,Fort Worth and San Antonia.Have my own
    transportation and can leave immediately if needed.
    to Dallas, Houston

    • For nurses interested in being part of the Hurricane Harvey Expedited Response, HealthTrust WorkForce Solutions Staffing in Dallas is busing nurses to Houston by the bus-load. They own the hospital staffing accounts in Houston. If interested please contact Shannon Sharp, Director of Recruitment, at 817-492-1610 or 972-443-5504.

  15. Rebecca Richter RN 903-654-9282
    25 years ICU experience, cardiovascular and medical
    ACLS and CPR certified.
    Wanting to work asap and live in Texas, very close
    to Houston, Dallas,Fort Worth and San Antonia.Have my own
    transportation and can leave immediately if needed.

  16. Rebecca Richter RN 903-654-9282
    25 years ICU experience, cardiovascular and medical
    ACLS and CPR certified.
    Wanting to work asap.

  17. I am a travel nurse completing an assignment on Sept 30th in Augusta GA MS unit I know that there will be a massive need for nurses especially after the real storm has ceased. For relief and to pick up shifts. My contact information is Robinpm00@gmail.com #803-546-0945 feel free to contact me if I can be of help

  18. Not working right now, Rn CCRN, been er nurse for many years, I have been deployed after 2 hurricanes in fla. willing to help..

  19. Jadacian Jones, LPN from AR with compact license. 2 years experience of travel nursing. Wanting to come help for next few weeks. (501) 9402889

  20. Help available ASAP!!!
    Can leave in less than 24 hours. Temporary license won’t be an issue. Please contact as I want to help. kemusselman@hotmail.com. Please contact. Louisiana also. Disaster zone licenses are quick to come by. Just want to help. Contact 24/7

  21. I am a RN that is licensed in the state of Illinois with 2.5 years experience on telemetry/medical surgical, and a recent 3 month experience in ICU. Please inform me as to how I be of service.

  22. My fellow nursing friends and I want to come help who do we register with we are both licensed LPN state of Missouri compact state.
    5305690252

  23. Lvn in ltc since 1999 also hospice nurse. Please call 817 -542 – 7531 I live in Arlington Texas, where to go to sign up.

  24. I feel the need to offer my help in any way I can during this overwhelming disaster, harm and disbelief these families are facing..along with displacement, separation,and sickness. Please feel free to contact me for assistance in any way,physical ,mental along with my skills in the medical field. God bless all of you. Sara G.sar Lucas Harrison

  25. Joanne Crosley RN from the Dallas Fort Worth area. I want to help. I need to help. I have been a nurse for 47 years and have done just about everything, from ICU, management, hospice, infusions, or drawing blood. I am not greatly physically able but I can do whatever I physically can do.

  26. I’m a Hospice nurse 12 years experience Nursing home experience two years how can I help. Finish RN school but have not taken my boards yet. Lpn license active.

  27. Hi, I am a pediatric Nurse, I have a Bachelor’s and a Master’s, how can I help?? Also, I have a brother who lives in Houston. I would love to help!

  28. I am currently working in ICU as an RN in CA. I have been contacted by Supplemental Health Care. Please email me if you still need some help. Thanks

  29. I’m an LPN from Nashville Tn would love to be able to help my hometown area if their is a need for nurses please let me know I’m willing to help in anyway

  30. I’m an LPN vlinical directorfrom Nashville Tn would love to be able to help my hometown area if their is a need for nurses please let me know I’m willing to help in anyway

  31. I’m a LPN from Mississippi. I’m staying in sulphur louisana right now. Is there anything I can do to help Harvey victims?

  32. I am a CNA /PCT /Med Tech in Jacksonville Florida
    I would like to help the Alzheimer’s and Dementia…
    Possibly Hospice/ Assisted Living
    As a male CNA
    I know how much it helps to have a young strong man around.
    All of my requirements are updated,
    Please give me a call:
    904-699-4847

  33. I am a CNA /PCT /Med Tech in Jacksonville Florida
    I would like to help the Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients…
    (Baker Act patients)
    Possibly Hospice/ Assisted Living
    As a male CNA
    I know how much it helps to have a young strong man around.
    All of my requirements are updated,
    Please give me a call:
    904-699-4847

  34. I am a registered nurse of 13 yrs. I live and work in Honolulu Hawaii. I am available to donate a week of work in exchange for round trip airfare plus room and board. I will work for free in order to help the flood victims of hurricane Harvey.

  35. RN with 11 years Tele/ICU experience. 3 years CM experience. Able and willing to go to Texas. Please contact 321-243-1706

  36. I am RN 22 years. Hemo and peritoneal dialysis experience. Currently in home health. I have med surg, perisurgical and stroke/spinal cord/head trauma rehab experience. If i can help im willing to ask for a leave of absence to come to texas. I have also worked 4 years peripartum. I have 6 years experience as a travel nurse and adapt well. I am currently doing 3p to 11p hh care in Memphis, i do not have a problem providing care to those in areas considered high risk.

  37. I have been a hospice/palliative care nurse for the past last 11 years& am willing to come help with recovery effort in whatever way. How would contact the right person??

  38. I have my CNA lisence and am trained with special needs, seizures, memory care, and high behavioral patients. I’ll also know basic construction tasks. And I can help in any way I am needed. Health related or not. Please contact me at AshleyMarie.thiel@gmail.com to tell me how I can help!

  39. LPN I am a critical skilled pediatric nurse for disabled children and I also work through to agencies with geriatrics. I currently have my Illinois license, Iowa license and Ohio license.

  40. I am an LPN FOR 10 yrs. Dr office 4yrs, ekg, immunizations, biopsies,ect. Also pediatric trach/ vent/ g tube nurse for 6 yrs. Also, wound care nurse.

  41. I am a nurse here in Houston. I am working Pediatric Home Care at this time. I have been fortunate in that I am still able to work. My home was damaged during the storm…roof damage and leaks. Our deductible is extremely high (if the insurance helps at all…I won’t find out for at least 2 weeks). Is there a way to receive some financial assistance? FEMA is not providing help to us as we did not have floodwaters in our home. This is my first home and I’m lost. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.

  42. LPN from Calgary, Alberta, Canada! 🇨🇦Willing and eager to help any and all in need. Please contact if I can be of any help! ❤️

  43. AM an Retired RPN from Ontario, Canada with over 20 plus years in the healthcare industry, travelnursing, community nursing and home care, specializing in Mental health, including seniors and forensics and palliative care,am interested in helping.

  44. I am a Canadian Registered Nurse who has 28 years of Mental Health and Emergency Room experience. Who would I contact to find out more about going to Texas to work a week or two?

  45. I am LPN EMT with trauma orthopedic cardiology geriatrics’s and all age group experience. Iam BLS ACLS certified EKG certified venapuncture experienced. I am a member of medical reserve corp in New Jersey nursing license in NJ PA Fl. I have Acute care Hospital experience surgical floor Assisted living Nurse Supervisor. I can adapt to any environment I have experience in disaster as well Katrina and Sandy 911 ground zero search and rescue. I am waiting for Red Cross for deployment not fast enough

  46. I am a CNA licensed in the state of Kentucky and have 16 years of experience and would like to help in the hurricane relief…423-489-4876..either in Texas or Florida.

  47. I’m nurse with 30+ year as home care nurse. The home care is value fr the stake point which accurate displace personnel feel secure which how are. I really enjoy people rebuild their life. I am available at the need of the people.

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