RNRN will first determine which nurses are most needed, taking into account the location and type of emergency, along with information supplied to us by on-site health care providers. RNRN typically sends out an email alert with questions that are specific to that particular deployment. Interested volunteers should return the questionnaire as soon as possible. If you meet the criteria for the deployment RNRN staff will call to follow up with more information.
In order to insure that our phone, fax and email systems are available, we ask our volunteers to not contact us directly during an emergency until being notified that they are a potential match. Do not make arrangements (including a release from work) without being told you have been chosen to deploy.
Signing up to volunteer with RNRN does not guarantee or assure that you will be called up for a disaster. If you are, it will be your choice of whether you wish to volunteer your services for that specific disaster.
The conditions are likely to be very austere. RNRN will provide room accommodations but many volunteers may sleep on cots or in sleeping bags. Depending on the type of emergency/disaster, there may be limited or no electricity, potable water, phone service, air conditioning, and other amenities. Volunteers will have to carry their own luggage and must be able to deal with stressful situations.
The specific criteria and requirements for each deployment will vary, but we typically require that volunteers provide us with up-to-date health, identification, insurance, licensure and current certification information, along with a consent to release necessary personal information, and a waiver of liability.