RNRN is a project of the NNU and the California Nurses Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. A national network of direct-care RNs powered by National Nurses United that coordinates sending volunteer RNs to disaster-stricken areas where and when they are needed.


RN Lucia Lopez in San Juan municipality

'The People of Puerto Rico Are Dying': Action Is Needed Now

Crowd funding. A Costco Card. The water in a nurse’s own backpack. These are the resources to which volunteer nurses on the ground in Puerto Rico — where 85 percent of the island is still without power and where the official death toll has risen to 48.

Oct 10, 2017
, RNRN , Puerto Rico

RN Cathy Kennedy Talks With Nurse Talk Radio On The Eve Of Her Departure To Puerto Rico

Nurse Talk Radio spoke with RN Cathy Kennedy on the evening prior to her departure to Puerto Rico.

Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio
Oct 10, 2017
, Nurse Talk , RNRN

Heeding the Call: Nurses join AFL-CIO Humanitarian Mission to Aid Puerto Rico

As great challenges and opportunities often do, the call came last Friday afternoon: The country’s largest labor organization, the AFL-CIO, was coordinating with the Puerto Rican Federation of Labor and the mayor of San Juan to send more than 200 healthcare, transportation, and construction volunteers on a two-week humanitarian mission to aid Puerto Rico.

Registered Nurse Response Network
Oct 10, 2017
, RNRN , California
Cyndi Evans in front of her home

She flew to Puerto Rico to aid relief efforts. Then she found out her home was in the path of a wildfire

Cyndi Evans was moved by images she saw on TV of people suffering in Puerto Rico and the mayor of San Juan asking for help.

Soumya Karlamangla, The Los Angeles Times
Oct 10, 2017
, RNRN , Puerto Rico, , California

Nurses stand in solidarity with DAPL protesters, headed to reservation

OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - National Nurses United is deploying a second team of RN volunteers to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to assist those protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Nov 11, 2016
, NODAPL , RNRN , North Dakota

National Nurses United says most hospitals are not prepared for Ebola

National Nurses United, the largest union of registered nurses in the country, said that more than 80 percent of nurses the union surveyed report they have not been given adequate training on Ebola.

DeNeen L. Brown, The Washington Post
Oct 10, 2014
RN Lucia Lopez after treating a child

‘The People of Puerto Rico are Dying’ Say 50 Nurses Returning from Hurricane-Ravaged Puerto Rico

A large delegation of 50 volunteer registered nurses from across the U.S. returns this week from Puerto Rico after a two-week disaster relief effort in the wake of Hurricane Maria, describing an ineffective federal response that has led to deadly conditions including extreme lack of food.

RN Response Network
Oct 10, 2017
, RNRN , Puerto Rico

Nurse Volunteers in Puerto Rico Call For Escalation of Relief Efforts Amid Dire Conditions

Nearly three weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, registered nurse volunteers on the ground continue to sound the alarm about dire conditions and countless numbers of residents still in desperate need for assistance amid a federal relief effort that has failed to reach many people in need.

Registered Nurse Response Network
Oct 10, 2017

Nurses in Puerto Rico Warn Dire Conditions, Slow Relief Effort Posing Urgent Health, Safety Crisis

Registered nurses volunteers on the ground in Puerto Rico are warning that dire conditions, and a glacially slow federal relief effort, are threatening a growing health calamity for millions of residents, warns National Nurses United.

Registered Nurse Response Network/RNRN
Oct 10, 2017
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A national network of direct-care RNs — powered by National Nurses United — that coordinates sending volunteer RNs to disaster stricken areas where and when they are needed most.

RNRN was organized in 2005 when Katrina and Rita — two of the most destructive hurricanes in history — dramatically exposed America’s flawed disaster relief system. RNRN volunteers went to the devastated Gulf Coast to help provide care for the hundreds of thousands of people abandoned and without food, water, shelter, medical aid, nursing care, or even a basic evacuation plan.

RNRN received an overwhelming response to the call for help after a 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti in January, 2010. RNRN answered the call and deployed RNs aboard the USNS Comfort, and to a hospital in northern Haiti where volunteers worked side by side with local RNs.

RNRN also participated in Continuing Promise 2010 with the United States Navy, treating thousands of patients in eight different countries, including Haiti. RNRN supported the relief efforts in Japan after the March 11, 2011 devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis.

RN Magazine covers RNRN responses to San Diego brushfire and Hurricane Katrina missions

Trial by Fire