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Answering the Call- RNRN Nurse Volunteers Return to Tucson to Provide Critical Medical Aid to Migrants

Registered nurses with the Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN) will arrive today in Tucson to provide critical medical aid for asylum seekers.

RN Response Network
May 17, 2019

• RNRN

Arizona

Registered nurses

RNs to Mark Mother’s Day Providing Critical Medical Care to Asylum Seekers

Registered nurses with the Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN) will spend this Mother’s Day weekend caring for children, mothers, and families as they provide critical medical aid to asylum seekers in Tucson, Ariz.

National Nurses United
May 10, 2019

• NNU, • RNRN

Arizona

Medical Aid to Migrants

Answering the Call- RNRN Nurse Volunteers Return to Tucson to Provide Critical Medical Aid to Migrants

“These are people, who through no fault of their own, are in horrific situations and trying to survive,” said Nancy Rudner, a registered nurse from Florida who is returning to Tucson for a second deployment at the shelter. 

National Nurses United
May 3, 2019

• RNRN, • NNU

Arizona

RN in El Paso

Answering the Call — Registered Nurses Provide Critical Care to Migrant Families

Nurses know that symptoms are indications of a deeper problem. A mother crying over bus tickets is a symptom. “It was just the last straw for her,” said Maria Rojas, RN and a Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN) volunteer who recently spent three days at Casa Alitas, a Catholic Community Services shelter in Tucson, Ariz., providing medical care to migrant families and asylum seekers recently released from federal detention. Rojas found the woman sobbing outside the shelter office.

RN Response Network
April 2, 2019

• RNRN

Mary-Jane Perry, RN

RNs Skip Thanksgiving to Provide Aid and Relief to Camp Fire Victims

When Mary-Jane Perry’s four children and husband sit down for Thanksgiving with the grandparents in Sacramento, the registered nurse won’t be dishing up the turkey.

National Nurses United
November 23, 2018

• RNRN

California

RNRN medical mission team in Guatemala

As Doors Close on Central American Immigrants RNRN Conducts Medical Mission in Guatemala

On June 3, 2018, the Volcan de Fuego, one of Guatemala’s many active volcanoes, exploded with catastrophic consequences. The disaster left more than 3000 people displaced, 332 people dead and 246 people missing.

National Nurses United
November 12, 2018

• RNRN

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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

• RNRN

Puerto Rico

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

• RNRN

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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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Puerto RicoCalifornia

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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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