ARC Nurses - The American Red Cross was founded by Clara...

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The American Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton, an untrained nurse, in 1881. Barton first became interested in the Red Cross when she travelled abroad during the Franco-Prussian War (1870-71). While abroad Barton began volunteering with the International Red Cross to provide assistance to soldiers. During this time Barton began campaigning for United States acceptance of the Geneva Convention and an American branch of the Red Cross. Several years after returning to the States Barton founded the American Red Cross. The American Red Cross provided non-medical assistance to soldiers during war time. Nurses were involved with the Red Cross on a volunteer basis to relief during disasters and to support the military. In 1901 the U.S. Congress realized the value of nurses in the military and the Army Nurses Corp was created to ensure there were enough nurses to provide care in war time. In 1905 the American Red Cross was reorganized. At that time the American Red Cross was issued charters by Congress. These charters required the inclusion of volunteer nurses to provide care to armies during war time, relief (national and international) during peace time for disasters. In 1909, to meet the obligations of the charter, the ARC expanded the services of nursing and created the Red Cross Nursing Service. Jane Delano, director of the Army Nursing Corp, was
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