Clark County officials are calling on retired health care professionals who are willing and able to serve as volunteers with the Medical Reserve Corp of Southern Nevada to assist with the community's response to coronavirus to register online through a state's SERV-NV website at https://servnv.org/.
"I am proud of our community's response to the challenges presented by coronavirus and appreciate our residents frequently asking what they can do to help," said Clark County Commission Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick. "At the top of our list of needs is if we have any retired doctors, nurses or health care workers who can assist us as volunteers, we'd very much appreciate them contacting us. Our local health-care system is on the front lines of this crisis, and we want to be prepared to reinforce the ranks of these amazing professionals with others who have the expertise and qualifications to assist in providing care to those who need it."
The appropriate resource for vetting volunteer health professionals and deploying them according to their skills and credentials is the State Emergency Registry of Volunteers-Nevada (SERV-NV) registry. The registry is affiliated with the Emergency System of Advance Registration for Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP), which is a national network of state-based systems that verifies the identity and credentials of health professionals so that they can more readily volunteer for disaster, public health, and medical emergencies.
Registrants may choose to join the local Medical Reserve Corps, Statewide Volunteer Pool or Mental Health Crisis Counselors. Health professionals with a range of skills and backgrounds can join the SERV-NV organization including medics, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, mental health professionals. By registering through SERV-NV, volunteers' identities, licenses, credentials, accreditations, and hospital privileges are all verified. Qualified professionals then become part of an alert system that draws upon the pool of available professional volunteers in an emergency. A link to the online registration form is posted on SERV-NV's website at https://servnv.org/agreement.php.