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RN Response Network July 2020 Update

RNRN is monitoring the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, which is setting records with Hurricane Isaias being the earliest “I” named hurricane in history. In California, there have already been over 4500 fires, more than twice the average normally recorded at this point in the season.

RN Response Network
August 1, 2020

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Lives Are on the line in November.

The COVID-19 deaths in America were not inevitable. They are the result of President Trump and his administration abandoning nurses, other health care and frontline workers, and the public at large.

Bonnie Castillo, Executive Director of National Nurses United
July 24, 2020

Nurse hold signs "Black Lives Matter"

This Juneteenth, Celebrating Black Freedom Means Caring About Black Health

“I can’t breathe,” Gary Fowler told three different metro Detroit emergency departments, as he begged for a COVID-19 test. He was dismissed and turned away each time. On April 7, 2020, sitting up in a recliner because breathing was so difficult, he died at age 56.

Bonnie Castillo, Executive Director of National Nurses United
June 18, 2020

Nurses hold signs "Black Lives Matter"

Nurses: Protesters Are Our Patients. Stop Attacking Them

As we connect the lines, nurses can see that police violence against protesters spans calendar years, locations, and protest issues; it is ubiquitous. As advocates for public health and safety, we call for an end to this violence.

Bonnie Castillo, RN, opinion contributor for The Hill
June 15, 2020

At this weekend’s women’s marches

Nurses are marching for change

Unionism and feminism go hand in hand. Just ask union nurses. Our women-dominated profession stands up against a billion-dollar health care industry every single day, and using our collective power, we win critical protections in our union contract — from fair wages and benefits, to protection from workplace harassment and violence.

Bonnie Castillo, Executive Director of National Nurses United
January 17, 2020

RN Mary Jane Perry in Bahamas

RNRN Sends Nurses to Disaster Areas

When a hurricane turns Category 5 of a massive earthquake devastates a region, it’s a sure bet that the nurses of Registered Nurse Response Network are already recruiting nurse volunteers to help. A disaster relief program sponsored by National Nurses United and California Nurses Foundation, RNRN was organized in 2005 in the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which dramatically exposed America’s flawed disaster relief system. RNRN volunteer nurses traveled 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.

Eleanor Godfrey, Director, Registered Nurse Response Network
January 15, 2020

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My hero Ady Barkan

Video: My hero Ady Barkan and I discuss health care as a human right

It’s not every day that nurses, who are duty bound to protect our patients — experience a patient fighting just as hard to protect us. But it’s not every day that we meet someone like Ady Barkan.

Bonnie Castillo , Executive Director of National Nurses United
October 31, 2019

Nurses hold signs "Racism is a Public Health Crisis"

What Algorithms Tell Us About Structural Racism in Health Care

A research study on a commercial computer program used to allocate health care resources on predicted future health care costs provided a window on the ongoing pervasive impact of structural racism in our nation’s health care system.

Bonnie Castillo, Executive Director of National Nurses United
October 29, 2019

Sonoma Evacuation map

RNRN Monitoring Massive California Fires & Evacuations

RNRN is currently monitoring eleven fires burning and extreme weather conditions across the state of California that led Governor Gavin Newsom to declare a state of emergency. Two massive fires burning this weekend that are threatening residential areas are the Kincaid Fire in Northern California and the Tick Fire in Southern California.

RNRN / NNU
October 28, 2019

Global Nurses

Global Nurses United Press Clips

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients.

Global Nurses United
September 23, 2019