The 2009 Susan Hassmiller Nursing Award goes to the Greater Arkansas Chapter in Little Rock, Arkansas. The award was established to increase Red Cross engagement of nurses, especially in disaster preparedness and response.
Susan and Bob Hassmiller believe the Red Cross mission can be improved through continuing involvement of nurses throughout all facets of front line service.
The chapter receives a $2,500 grant that will be used to offer a two-day course on first aid, orientation to the Red Cross, disaster services, shelter operations and disaster health response. Classes taught at the chapter count as clinical hours in nursing students’ required Community Health Nursing course. Each trained student will also receive a personal invitation to become a Red Cross volunteer in their local community.
The Susan Hassmiller Nursing Award Endowment Fund was created in 2007 with donations from Susan’s husband, Robert Hassmiller, and other supporters to recognize her long dedicated service as a Red Cross volunteer.
This year’s award ceremony took place at the 100th Anniversary of Red Cross Nursing, where other distinguished nursing honors were recognized. These honors included the Ann Magnussen Award, given to Diane St. Denis, and the Jane Delano Society Nursing Scholarships awarded to Kelly Scott, of Kansas City, Kansas and Sarah Osterholt of Celina, Ohio
The Hassmillers believe the Red Cross mission can be improved through continuing involvement of nurses throughout all facets of front line service. As the Red Cross prepares to deal with natural and man-made disasters, nurses will always remain on call.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at www.redcrosschat.org.