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Power in the Blood: Local Lifesaving Partnerships Between Churches and the American Red Cross

Harris, Marilyn, D.

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000476
Feature: faith community nursing

ABSTRACT: Community blood drives provide a significant quantity of the donated blood needed in the U.S. annually. The American Red Cross collaborates with thousands of blood drive sponsors to make donating easier for individuals. Faith community nurses (FCNs) can promote blood donation by involving churches as sponsors for blood drives. This article shares details on the partnership of the Red Cross and a host church; church member statements about motivation to donate, as well as inability to participate, further inform FCNs.

Marilyn D. Harris, MSN, RN, is an elder and Faith Community Nurse Coordinator for Hatboro Baptist Church, Hatboro, Pennsylvania, and a pastoral care volunteer for Abington Health, Abington, Pennsylvania.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Accepted by peer-review 08/08/2017.

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