haitiWith the recent Haiti earthquake and other recent natural disasters people are asking how they can help out besides donating food, water, and money.  Countries and organizations from around the world have come together to offer a helping hand to those in need. 

But what can you do to be more involved in the relief effort? 

Governmental and organizational humanitarian aid programs are looking for people with specific skills, training or experience to volunteer.  Carpenters, building engineers, nurses, doctors, and military veterans are some of the most needed professionals after natural disasters.

John Holmes, top UN humanitarian coordinator said, “immediate needs are for medical doctors and healthcare workers.”

National Nurses United, the largest organization of registered nurses has a large disaster relief program. When natural disasters take place a conference call is held to instruct registered nurses how they can report for duty.  Currently, the project has 150,000 registered nurses.

“I decided to become a nurse so that I could help people. Using my training to help those who are victims of natural disasters is very humbling,” said Amanda Hagman of Tempe, Arizona. She recently returned from Samoa after helping out in the aftermath of the tsunami.

“I have been so blessed in my life.  I see participating for humanitarian aid as serving my distant brothers and sisters,” continued Hagman.  She anticipates leaving for Haiti February 23 to help earthquake victims.

Fortunately, health care degrees and certificates can be earned in a short amount of time. Online classes make it easy to start and complete certificate programs in a matter of months. Degree programs can be completed in 3 years or less.

ClassesandCareers.com is a helpful resource that assists prospective health and nursing students to find a degree program that works best for you.

Are you ready to get the training you need to help others in the nursing and medical field? Visit ClassesandCareers.com and complete their form. You will be contacted by an education advisor who will help you find the best degree or certificate program to get you into the health care industry fast.

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