The decision to become a nurse is very selfless and brave. All nurses and nursing students share these qualities that make their communities happier, healthy places. We at Utica College believe that the nurses who graduate from our accelerated nursing program can help serve their community just as well outside of hospitals as inside hospitals. We have created this list of opportunities for nurses to help their community outside of the healthcare environment.
- Sigma Theta Tau International: Recently, Utica College nursing students were inducted into the prestigious Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. This prominent network of nurse’s links healthcare professionals together across the country and offers many amenities to nurses inducted into the honor society. In addition to offering grants, networking events and job listings, Sigma Theta Tau International offers many volunteer opportunities across the globe. To learn more about the international volunteer opportunities offered through the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, click here.
- American Red Cross: Since 1889, the American Red Cross has provided care and medical assistance to victims of natural disasters and conflicts. Today, more than 15,000 nurses help people in need across the country in local Disaster Action Teams (DAT), health fairs and other events, first aid stations, blood drives, volunteering in military clinics and hospitals. American Red Cross volunteers also aid in teaching classes and developing courses in CPR/First Aid, Automatic emergency Defibrillator (AED), Disaster Health Services, Nurse Assistant Training, Babysitting, Family Caregiving. Now, the American Red Cross is offering volunteer opportunities to nursing students, as well as nurses. If you are a nursing student and would like to volunteer with the American Red Cross, please click here. If you are a nurse and would like the volunteer with the Red Cross, click here.
- Visiting Nurse Service of New York: For New Yorkers looking to make a difference in the lives of elderly patients, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York offers opportunities across The Empire State. Volunteer nurses tend to patients by offering companionship, assisting in activities, making calls, organizing events and so on at their end-of-life care facilities. Learn more about how to volunteer with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York here.
- Cross Cultural Solutions: If you have the desire to help others in communities across the world, Cross Cultural Solutions has hundreds of opportunities traversing Africa, Asia, Central America and South America. Volunteers with Cross Cultural Solutions can do various activities such as assist in the care and education of children, care for the elderly, advance the quality of care for people with disabilities and improve health care for those affected by common maladies to serious diseases. Volunteer opportunities span the globe in places such as Morocco, Costa Rica, Tanzania and other struggling countries. If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities with Cross Cultural Solutions, click here.
- Peace Corps: Joining the Peace Corps is another great volunteer opportunity that allows you travel the globe while working in healthcare settings outside of the hospital. There are different levels of commitment for the Peace Corps, ranging from short volunteer durations to 3 to 12 month assignments. The Peace Corps offers life-defining experiences to nurses and caring individuals in more than 60 countries. Learn more about volunteering with the Peace Corps here.
We hope that these volunteer opportunities outside of the hospital inspire you to make a difference as a nurse in your community. If you are not yet a nurse but wish to become one with our second degree nursing program in New York, please contact us today! If you are located in Florida and interested in our Tampa accelerated nursing program, please contact us here.