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The Medical Reserve Corps is a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. Opportunities where MRC volunteers are utilized include providing first aid during large public gatherings. In 2017, when hundreds of thousands of spectators converged on the little rural towns of Oregon to watch the solar eclipse in its path of 100% totality, a call went out to volunteers and nurses responded, including NNNO Vice President Elizabeth (Liz) McPhee. Liz and others were charged with setting up a medical tent and they were available 24/7 to provide support and care.
This is another example of how the US Public Health Service and the National Nurse for Public Health can provide guidance while mobilizing an existing resource, our nation’s 3.4 million nurses!