Nurse volunteers with Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN), a disaster relief project of National Nurses United and the California Nurses Foundation, will embark this week upon the USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), a Military Sealift Command ship, joining military personnel and health care professionals, engineers and environmental experts for a humanitarian mission that includes mission stops in 11 countries in South America, Central America and the Caribbean. —RN Response Network, 04/03/15 More »
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.
RNRN Home Press Releases
With a settlement that is likely to elevate RN standards across the nation, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today announced a major tentative contract agreement for 18,000 California RNs who work at Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics that will give the RNs a stronger voice on patient care, and breakthrough improvements in workplace protections. —California Nurses Association, 01/17/15 More »
RNRN Home News
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, 10/13/14 More »
RNs and survey results were featured on national media from coast to coast, including an interview with RN Response Network director Bonnie Castillo, RN on CN. —CNN, 10/04/14 More »
RNRN Home Blog
On the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s destruction along the Gulf Coast, registered nurse volunteers with the disaster relief program, Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN), which sent hundreds of RN volunteers to provide disaster relief to the region in the wake of the deadly storm, say that critical lessons which exacerbated the 2005 crisis – global climate change, our lack of a national healthcare system, and failure to invest in public resources and infrastructure – have still not been learned. —National Nurses United, 08/26/15 More »
Nursing Practice & Patient Advocacy Alert
Many of our members are reporting that their hospitals are not doing enough to adequately protect patients and health care workers, and fully inform nurses of proper Ebola infection control procedures. This document focuses on educating nurses with respect to what facilities should be doing to mitigate the risks and the potential harm to nurses and providers who may be assessing, treating and evaluating patients who might be infected with the Ebola virus.
Healing the World: An Online Program in Women’s Global Health Leadership - CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
The First Academic Program Built from the Values of Bedside RNs
National Nurses United is offering an online certificate program in Global Women’s Health Leadership at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. The certificate program was designed by the NNU Education Department and courses will be taught NNU educators. Because Rutgers University is accredited, course credit will fulfill general education requirements at most universities and colleges throughout the country.
This academic program is the first ever built from the values of bedsides nurses: compassion for the world’s sick and suffering, a single-standard of care for all people, just distribution of life’s basic necessities, equal opportunities to fulfill our human potential, and commitment to building solidarity with all who share these core values. Students will come to understand patient advocacy as advocacy for humanity. Through this program of courses, NNU continues our work to create a world more aligned with RN values.
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