Volunteer opportunities #

Volun­teering your time and nursing knowl­edge not only helps you meet the active practice require­ments needed to maintain your nursing license, but also gives back to your local communities. 

The Nursing Care Quality Assur­ance Commis­sion defines active practice” as engage­ment in paid, unpaid or volun­teer activity performing acts requiring a nursing license. Active practice is not limited to the provi­sion of direct patient care; the Commis­sion recog­nizes that nurses use their nursing knowl­edge in a variety of positions and roles. 

Below are just a few of many oppor­tu­ni­ties within the nursing profes­sion to provide volun­teer services throughout Washington state. 


Medical Reserve Corps #

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of volun­teers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their commu­ni­ties. MRC volun­teers include medical and public health profes­sionals, as well as other commu­nity members without health care backgrounds. MRC units engage these volun­teers to strengthen public health, improve emergency response capabil­i­ties and build commu­nity resiliency. They prepare for and respond to natural disas­ters, such as wildfires, hurri­canes, tornados, blizzards and floods, as well as other emergen­cies affecting public health, such as disease outbreaks. They frequently contribute to commu­nity health activ­i­ties that promote healthy habits. 

To volun­teer with your local MRC, visit https://​mrc​.hhs​.gov/FindMRC to locate the unit nearest you. 

Washington Healthcare Access Alliance

Access to health care continues to be a challenge for many Washing­to­nians. Hundreds of thousands of patients don’t have access to afford­able health care, and many are served exclu­sively through the work of free and chari­table clinics. Washington Health­care Access Alliance supports the free and chari­table health care organi­za­tions that provide care for people left out of the current system. 

To join the more than 2,500 chari­table clinic volun­teers across Washington state who are providing much-needed health care to under­served patients, visit https://​www​.wahealth​careac​ces​sal​liance​.org.

Seattle/​King County Clinic #

Seattle/​King County Clinic brings together health care and nonprofit organi­za­tions, civic agencies, private businesses and volun­teers from across Washington state to produce a giant free health clinic at Seattle Center. The four-day, volun­teer-driven clinic provides a full range of free dental, vision and medical care to under­served and vulner­able popula­tions in the region. 

Visit https://​seattle​center​.org/​skcclinic/ for more infor­ma­tion on how you can volunteer. 


Volunteer for Bloodworks NW

Bloodworks NW is a non-profit, regional blood-donation and research organization that utilizes trained nurses to help with post-donation reactions at high schools and colleges.

Nurses helping nurses affected by Hurricane Harvey

Our thoughts are with the people affected by Hurricane Harvey. We especially recognize the dedication and efforts of the registered nurses providing care in the disaster zone under catastrophic circumstances.

Volunteering to help with Hurricane Harvey disaster relief

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