The Herald of Everett, Washington
HeraldNet on Facebook HeraldNet on Twitter HeraldNet RSS feeds HeraldNet Pinterest HeraldNet Google Plus HeraldNet Youtube
HeraldNet Newsletters  Newsletters: Sign up | Manage  Green editions icon Green editions

Calendar


HeraldNet Headlines
HeraldNet Newsletter Delivered to your inbox each week.
Published: Friday, June 6, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Retired nurse trains Red Cross volunteers to help in disasters

  • Red Cross volunteer Yvonne Smith (right), of Edmonds, meets with fellow emergency responders April 8 at the Red Cross' headquarters near Smokey Point.

    Annie Mulligan / Herald file

    Red Cross volunteer Yvonne Smith (right), of Edmonds, meets with fellow emergency responders April 8 at the Red Cross' headquarters near Smokey Point.

EVERETT — Retired nurse Yvonne Smith, 54, volunteers with the American Red Cross.
She started a program there to include student nurses from the University of Washington in disaster-response programs. The students have worked recent local incidents including the 2013 Hodges Building fire in downtown Everett and the Oso mudslide.
“And we're also looking for other ways to involve student nurses from other areas, other colleges as well,” regional executive director Chuck Morrison said. “(Smith) has done a great job of sharing with them our mission, of showing them how best to serve people within our mission.”
Red Cross nurses respond to many kinds of emergencies, Morrison said. They tend to the medical needs of clients, and also keep an eye on the other volunteers.
Smith grew up in an Air Force family and always wanted to be a nurse, she said. Before retiring, she worked for Swedish hospitals in Seattle and Edmonds, including intensive care and oncology. She kept her nursing license active for her volunteer work.
In the Red Cross, she helps train disaster health service volunteers, she said.
“It's more community health nursing. You're working with lots of different agencies and seeing what the clients' needs are and using the community to help take care of the clients,” she said. “It's never going to be one agency that can do everything for somebody. It's really everybody pulling together, and the nurse has to do that with medical needs.”
Some volunteers like to teach emergency-preparedness classes in the community. Some like to work with other agencies and build partnerships, she said.
They also train nurses to work in emergency shelters.
After fires, Red Cross volunteer nurses help the victims get replacements for prescriptions, glasses, and durable medical equipment such as walkers and wheelchairs, she said.
Smith also still is helping those displaced by the Oso mudslide.
She lives in Edmonds with her husband, Ken.
For information about volunteering with the Red Cross in Snohomish County, call 425-252-4103.
Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com.
Story tags » EdmondsEverettOsoFireDisasters (general)Health treatmentVolunteer

Share your comments: Log in using your HeraldNet account or your Facebook, Twitter or Disqus profile. Comments that violate the rules are subject to removal. Please see our terms of use. Please note that you must verify your email address for your comments to appear.

You are logged in using your HeraldNet ID. Click here to update your profile. | Log out.

Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.

comments powered by Disqus
digital subscription promo

Subscribe now

Unlimited digital access starting at 99 cents, or included with any print subscription.

loading...

HeraldNet highlights

Sexy, cheesy J-Lo
Sexy, cheesy J-Lo: 'Boy Next Door' follows the 'Fatal Attraction' blueprint
Little house, big history
Little house, big history: One of Everett's oldest homes heading to foreclosure
Chip on their shoulder
Chip on their shoulder: Although at times misguided, Seahawks use doubt as motivation
'70s-style cinema
'70s-style cinema: ‘A Most Violent Year’ conjures best of gritty filmmaking
SnoCoSocial