We tip our hats to nurses everywhere for National Nurses Week, but couldn’t help calling out some fantastic nurses serving with our Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) department. These volunteer Red Cross nurses demonstrate the same compassion for the military community first demonstrated by Clara Barton during the Civil War. They carry on her legacy of caring for the members of the military and their families on U.S. military installations around the world.
Naomi Mendoza: Ft. Sill, Oklahoma
Naomi Mendoza, RN, adjusts a blood-pressure cuff on a patient at Reynolds Army Community Hospital on Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. She serves as a volunteer Red Cross nurse in the Urgent Care Clinic. Her duties include patient check-in, taking and monitoring vitals and ensuring that all patients receive the highest quality of nursing care. Mendoza has been a volunteer at Ft. Sill since August of 2015.
Suzanne Bucci: Joint Base-Andrews, Maryland
Suzanne Bucci, RN, OB/Gyn NP and Red Cross volunteer, served as a nurse in the U.S. Air Force Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine (AIM) Center at Joint Base-Andrews, Maryland. She is an Army veteran, the wife of a retired Army officer and the mother of two adult children, one of which has served in the Army. She has been a Red Cross volunteer for the past 15 years. Bucci has volunteered in the local communities where she and her husband were located since she separated from the Army.
Danny Chacon: Naples, Italy
Danny Chacon is a valued RN and Red Cross volunteer at U.S. Naval Hospital Naples, assisting in the Ambulatory Procedures Unit and the Post Anesthesia Care Unit. With over 700 hours of volunteer service since October of 2015, Danny’s contributions as an RN and as SAF station Naples’ health and safety program lead are endless. He is a military spouse and veteran, previously serving as a Navy Corpsman before becoming an RN in May, 2014.
Stephanie Broughton: Naples, Italy
Stephanie Broughton is an RN volunteering with the Red Cross in the Occupational Health Clinic at U.S. Naval Hospital Naples, Italy. Before arriving in Naples, Stephanie worked in the cardiovascular unit at the Mayo Clinic. She is a wife, mother and full-time student who never fails to give back to her community every week as a nurse and a CPR/AED/First Aid instructor. Stephanie is the epitome of a Red Cross volunteer through her dedication, service and selflessness.
Selina Amador: Honshu, Japan
Selina Amador, RN, volunteers for the Red Cross in the Yokota Air Base Hospital. She splits her time as the hospital co-chairman and as the training management technician within the Education and Training department. Originally from Texas, Selina is a military spouse new to Japan.
Barbara Nelson: Rota, Spain
Barbara Nelson, RN, CDE and Red Cross volunteer at U.S. Naval Hospital Rota in Rota, Spain, has been volunteering since June of 2010. She has been volunteering in some capacity with the Red Cross since 1984 during the time her husband was Active Duty. Nelson has been working with doctors, corpsmen and patients as a certified diabetes educator (CDE), in addition to general nursing during her time in Rota.
Katarina Johnstone: Naples, Italy
Katarina Johnstone volunteers through the Red Cross as a nurse at Naples Elementary School in Naples, Italy. Katarina has been a Red Cross volunteer since 2005 while in nursing school. She assisted on-site with Hurricane Katrina and fires in San Diego by helping set up places for victims of disaster to stay as well as providing medical attention. Now living in Italy with her husband and two children, she comes in every week to help young patients and assist the school nurse using her years of experience as both an RN and a Red Cross volunteer.
Looking for historic images of Red Cross nurses? Our 2015 National Nurses Week post has you covered!