Red Cross ReadyRN Curriculum


Press Release issued November 7th, 2007
American Red Cross, National Headquarters, Washington D.C.

Dr. Tener Goodwin Veenema, author of Red Cross ReadyRN Curriculum for Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness, and the American Red Cross launched nationwide on November 7th, 2007 the Red Cross ReadyRN Curriculum.

The Curriculum is an introductory, awareness-level program, adopted by the National American Red Cross as itsĀ  standard for education and training for all disaster and health services clinicians and volunteers.

Red Cross ReadyRN course will be located on the Red Cross online learning management system that will be provided to local and regional Red Cross chapters.

Opening Screen from the Red Cross ReadyRN Online Course

Red Cross ReadyRN Curriculum for Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness Project Summary

  • Red Cross ReadyRN Curriculum for Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness is an educational initiative conducted in partnership with the American Red Cross Disaster Health Services designed to prepare American Red Cross nurses to respond in a timely and appropriate manner to major disasters and public health emergencies.
  • The Red Cross ReadyRN Curriculum was authored and developed by Tener Goodwin Veenema, PhD, MPH, MS, CPNP, FNAP, a nationally recognized expert emergency nursing and disaster preparedness, and will be available to Red Cross nurses only, through the password protected learning management system.
  • Red Cross ReadyRN is but one component of a larger national educational initiative called ReadyRN: Making Every Nurse a Prepared Nurse developed by Dr. Veenema and now marketed nation wide by Elsevier/MC Strategies. The goal of the ReadyRN national initiative is to provide every nurse in America with the knowledge and skill set needed to care for and protect themselves and their patients during any type of disaster event or public health emergency.
  • Dr. Veenema collaborated with a wonderful group of American Red Cross Nurses to specifically customize the content to create an awareness level curriculum consistent with the disaster health services protocols of the American Red Cross, providing Red Cross with a curriculum that meets the unique response needs of their nurses and enhancing their ability to prepare for and respond to complex public health emergencies in communities across the U.S.
  • Red Cross ReadyRN is a major recruitment and retention initiative for the American Red Cross, and is reflective of their renewed commitment to nurses following the devastating effects of Hurrican Katrina.
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