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Healthcare workers in Western Africa are in dire need of adequate protective equipment as they battle the deadly Ebola outbreak.

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RNs to Hold National Conference Call for Nurses on Ebola Wednesday

RNs to Hold National Conference Call for Nurses on Ebola Wednesday

RNs Call for Highest Standards for Protective Gear, including Hazmat Suits, Hands-On Training After First Nurse Infected by Ebola in Dallas. 23,200 RNs Across U.S. Say Hospitals Still Lagging on Preparedness. —National Nurses United, 10/14/14 More »

Ebola – RNs Call for Highest Standards for Protective Equipment, including Hazmat Suits, Training

Ebola – RNs Call for Highest Standards for Protective Equipment, including Hazmat Suits, Training

Following news Sunday that the first U.S. nurse has now tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus, National Nurses United called for all hospitals to have in place the highest standard of optimal protections, including Hazmat suits, and hands-on training to protect all RNs, other hospital personnel to confront Ebola. —National Nurses United, 10/13/14 More »

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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 »

RN Response Network Director Bonnie Castillo Speaks on CNN

RN Response Network Director Bonnie Castillo Speaks on CNN

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 »

Co-President of NNU – Speaks About Ebola on MSNBC

Co-President of NNU – Speaks About Ebola on MSNBC

Watch National Nurses United Co-President Deborah Burger on MSNBC, speaking out on how U.S. nurses are saying they are unprepared for the Ebola virus. —The ED Show, MSNBC, 10/04/14 More »

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The Underreported Side of the Ebola Crisis

The Underreported Side of the Ebola Crisis

Amid the media accounts of the worst Ebola outbreak ever recorded some significant context is largely missing from the major media reporting. Atop this list are links of the outbreak to the climate crisis and global inequality, mal-distribution of wealth, and austerity-driven cuts in public services that have greatly contributed to the rapid spread of Ebola. —Rose Ann DeMoro, via The Huffington Post, 09/08/14 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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