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Nursing professor part of Red Cross New York City effort

Anne Carson (nursing, Hamilton and Middletown campuses), was part of an Integrated Care Team working in New York City for the American Red Cross during a two-week period in October.

"We were one of 12 units concentrating on the needs of the victims’ families. My job was to contact the families who lost someone and find out what the Red Cross could do to help," she said.

Working two weeks, 12-hour days and only one day off, Carson explained that the goal of the American Red Cross is to work itself out of a job. "We don’t do long-term counseling. We diffuse and debrief. We refer people to community resources.

"I have been to a lot of disasters and been able to cope. [Sept. 11] was different than any other disaster. I have had a hard time with it — the sadness — it is bad."

Yet, her time in New York was rewarding. When many around the country felt helpless, Carson was grateful for the opportunity to help.

"I truly felt that I took Miami with me to New York. The faculty took over my four clinicals and two classes. For that I am truly grateful to them and my students."

The American Red Cross recently asked her about her availability for the rest of the year.

"If they would have called me my first week back, I would have said I am not available. I’m OK now."

Date Published: 12/06/2001
Volume: 21   Number: 18


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