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RNRN Calls for Volunteer Nurses to Deploy to Florida

A Category 4 storm, Hurricane Michael—the strongest storm to hit the Florida panhandle in 100 years—made landfall on October 10, 2018. In conjunction with the International Medical Corps, RNRN is calling for volunteer nurses to deploy to Tallahassee, to work with local medical shelters in providing care for those impacted by this catastrophic storm.

If you are interested in deploying to assist victims and evacuees in the wake of Hurricane Michael, please use the link below to update your information and apply to be considered for a deployment.

Please note: If you have previously submitted an application for our 2018 Hurricane Standby list, we thank you and no further action is needed – we will be in touch if your skills and availability are a match for a deployment team.


RNRN Deployment Opportunity – Medical Assistance to Victims of Vulcan de Fuego Eruption in Guatemala

RNRN is seeking RN and NP volunteers for a medical relief effort to assist victims of the June 3, 2018 eruption of Vulcan de Fuego near Guatemala city. The explosive eruption took many by surprise, and destroyed schools, homes, bridges and highways. The municipalities of Esquintla, Alotenango, and San Pedro Yepocapa were drowned by the lava and the volcanic pyroclastic flow.

Dates of the mission are October 24 – 31, 2018. Local mission logistics will be coordinated with our partner, the Fundacion Amancio Samuel Villatoro (FASV).


As multiple fires rage across California, including the devastating Carr Fire in Redding and the Mendocino complex fire near Lakeport, RN Response Network and NNU are closely monitoring for needs including potentially providing support and relief to area RNs who have lost loved ones, homes, or belongings.

Thank you for your support, and for being there for those in need.


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RN Response Network Deploys Nurse Volunteers to Florida to Help Provide Medical Assistance Post-Hurricane Michael

National Nurses United (NNU)’s Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN), a national network of volunteer nurses, will deploy RN volunteers to Tallahassee, FL, in conjunction with International Medical Corps, to assist locals in providing medical assistance in the wake of Hurricane Michael.

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October 12, 2018

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Where NNU/RNRN Volunteers Brought Aid

On Maria Anniversary, Nurses Condemn Doubt Over High Death Toll in Puerto Rico

On the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria striking Puerto Rico, National Nurses United (NNU), the nation’s largest union of registered nurses, today condemned any doubt about reports that the death toll from the hurricane and its aftermath reaches into the thousands—following President Trump’s recent comment that thousands of people in Puerto Rico “did not die.”

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September 20, 2018

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The Carr Fire

As Carr Fire Rages Out of Control, CNA/NNU Nurses are Both Heroes and Victims

The Carr fire sweeping through Redding has affected hundreds of nurses in the Redding area. California Nurses Association/National Nurses United represents registered nurses at the two main hospitals in Shasta County, Shasta Regional Medical Center and Mercy Medical Center Redding.

California Nurses Association
July 30, 2018
RNRN volunteer Betty Woods at a homeless encampment in Puerto Rico

Nurses Returning from Second Puerto Rico Mission Call Any Removal of FEMA Aid ‘Premature and Deadly’

Puerto Rico cannot go back to a ‘normal’ economy when patients have not received the necessary help they need to go back to any kind of ‘normal’ life.

Bonnie Castillo, Director of Health and Safety and Registered Nurse Response Network
February 6, 2018

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Christine Grant, RN

RN Christine Grant Talks About The Humanitarian Crisis In Puerto Rico

Listen to Christine Grant, RN from Washington DC. Christine was one of 50 nurses who went to Puerto Rico with the support of RNRN(Registered Nurses Response Network) and was part of a Congressional meeting where nurses submitted a report on conditions in Puerto Rico and called for immediate Congressional action.

Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio
November 2, 2017

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Nurses at Capitol press conference

'As Puerto Rico Suffers, Where is our Government?' Nurses Join Congress Members to Urge Action on Healthcare Crisis

Nurses are duty bound to protect their patients. So when the Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN)  sent 50 volunteer nurses to Puerto Rico, we knew these brave, caring nurses would give their all to help Hurricane Maria victims.

Bonnie Castillo, RN
October 27, 2017

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Hospitals face critical shortage of IV bags due to Puerto Rico hurricane

Hurricane Maria crippled a key maker of fluid bags, and as ‘wellness’ clinics pay a 600% markup, hospitals unable to afford them scramble to make do without

Julia Carrie Wong writing for The Guardian
January 10, 2018

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Erin Carrera, RN

Marin nurses, back from Puerto Rico, urge more hurricane relief

Under a sweltering Puerto Rican sun two weeks after Hurricane Maria hit, thousands of victims — including, children, babies, the elderly and people in wheelchairs — formed a mile-long line awaiting aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency team that had just arrived at a stadium in Rio Grande.

Adrian Rodriguez, Marin Independent Journal
October 30, 2017

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Kaiser nurse Catherine Kennedy talks about the dire need she saw in Puerto Rico

Nurses urge Trump to increase aid to Puerto Rico after seeing desperation firsthand

When Sen. Nancy Pelosi called on President Donald Trump this week to increase aid to the residents of hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico, Sacramento-area nurse Catherine Kennedy was by her side.

Cathie Anderson, The Sacramento Bee
October 30, 2017

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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.

In 2012 and 2013, RNRN responded to Hurricane Sandy in the US, and sent several teams to provide assistance in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in the Philippines. In 2015, RNRN returned to our partnership with the US Navy to participate with the Continuing Promise mission, working both on the USNS Comfort as well as in rural clinics, providing medical care to thousands in 11 different countries over the six month mission.

RNRN sprang to immediate action in the wake of the devastating hurricane season of 2017, providing teams of relief RNs to Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, and to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

In addition to our work to provide immediate aid and relief to victims of disasters, and to help those in need, RNRN provided first aid and health  basic health services to the Navajo Nation Fair and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in 2016, as well as ongoing first aid and health screenings at event across the country.

RNRN deploys and provides support for volunteer nurses when disaster strikes. With RNRN, nurses can focus on providing patient care. RNRN takes care of everything else – including raising funds to cover airfare and lodging, and facilitating out of state licensure when required.

RNRN also conducts educational courses examining the RN’s unique ability to be the driving force in pressing for universal healthcare and disaster preparedness/response standards. We are proud to be the power of nurses helping nurses to respond when disaster strikes.

To join our network of volunteers, visit our sign up form here.

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