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Nurses Hail Federal Move to Halt Dakota Pipeline, Praise Unity of First Nations, Veterans, Activists

Nurses Hail Federal Move to Halt Dakota Pipeline, Praise Unity of First Nations, Veterans, Activists

National Nurses United Sunday congratulated leaders of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and thousands of supporters, including 2,000 veterans assembled over the weekend, for the news that the federal government will deny authorization for the Dakota Access Pipeline to go through tribal lands posing a threat to water sources and sacred sites. —National Nurses United, 12/04/16 More »

Registered Nurse Response Network Sends Nurse Volunteers on Second Deployment to Standing Rock

Registered Nurse Response Network Sends Nurse Volunteers on Second Deployment to Standing Rock

National Nurses United (NNU)’s Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN), a national network of volunteer nurses, will deploy a second team of RN volunteers to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation—to help with existing medical and first aid support for land and water protectors—NNU announced today. —RN Response Network, 11/07/16 More »

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Nurses stand in solidarity with DAPL protesters, headed to reservation

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. —KTVU, 11/08/16 More »

National Nurses United says most hospitals are not prepared for Ebola

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, 10/13/14 More »

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Hurricane Matthew and Nurses Support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Hurricane Matthew and Nurses Support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

RNRN/NNU nurse volunteers are currently providing medical and basic first aid assistance at the Standing Rock Sioux encampments for the land and water protectors as winter approaches. RNRN is powered by NNU, the largest organization of registered nurses in the U.S., who say they will continue standing in solidarity with the land and water protectors at Standing Rock. —RN Response Network, 10/31/16 More »

Hurricane Matthew Update: RNRN/NNU Assists International Medical Corps Efforts in Haiti

Hurricane Matthew Update: RNRN/NNU Assists International Medical Corps Efforts in Haiti

Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc last week in the Caribbean and the U.S. The hardest hit was Haiti, where the unofficial death toll (a number reported by Reuters but not officially confirmed) has now risen to 1,000, where they are starting to bury the dead in mass graves. —RN Response Network, 10/13/16 More »


Nursing Practice & Patient Advocacy Alert

Treatment of Patients with Ebola

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.

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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

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Brief Description

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.

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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.

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