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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. 



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On the Ground With RNRN: In the Wake of the 2013 Philippine Floods

On the Ground With RNRN: In the Wake of the 2013 Philippine Floods

By DAVID ABELES, RN--The archipelago of Philippines consists of 7107 islands with a population of close to a 100 million people lying within the Pacific Rim of Fire where 81% of the world’s largest earthquakes occur. In addition, the large tropical typhoons (locally known as bagyos) season lasts from June thru November. On October 15, 2013 an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 struck the Visayans Island of Bohol killing several hundred people, injuring thousands, and laying waste to thousands of homes. —RN Response Network / NNU, 04/03/14 More »

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RNRN Helped After Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda

RNRN Helped After Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda

We are traveling on a narrow road from one barangay, or Philippine village, to the next. Along our way, we see palm trees bent in the middle, bowing their tattered heads toward our caravan, evidence of the storm. The smell of burning debris is everywhere as people burn the remnants of their lives, intact before the arrival of Typhoon Haiyan, known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines. The roadside is littered with this burning debris. The sun is hot above us. Dark smoke curls into the pale blue sky. —National Nurses United / Global Nurses United, 02/04/14 More »

Updates on RNRN Haiyan/Yolanda Relief Efforts

Updates on RNRN Haiyan/Yolanda Relief Efforts

Our fifth team of RN volunteers, part of the National Nurses United’s Registered Nurse Response Network, is currently in the Philippines to provide medical support for those who continue to be affected by the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. The super typhoon killed over six thousand people, left almost two thousand missing and 4 million either homeless or with damaged homes. —RN Response Network, 01/24/14 More »

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.

See online certificate program details here >>

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