Work Release During a Disaster - Guidelines for Employers

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ANA Position Statement - Approved 6/24/02

The American Nurses Association, which represents the 2.7 million registered nurses in the United States, recommends that employers adopt the following work release policy to guide the process of releasing registered nurses from work for the purpose of addressing a disaster. A companion position statement entitled: "Registered Nurses' Rights and Responsibilities Related to Work Release During a Disaster" clarifies the role of the Registered Nurse who wishes to participate in disaster relief work. ANA strongly believes that registered nurses should be released as part of organized medical rescue teams during disasters, however individual nurses may still want to respond and should be given due consideration.

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