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RNRN is a project of the NNU and the California Nurses Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. 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.

RNRN second deployment to Puerto Rico

Nurses Back from Puerto Rico Say FEMA Aid Must Continue For Foreseeable Future

Nurse volunteers who just returned from National Nurses United (NNU)’s second disaster relief mission to Puerto Rico said today that conditions on the ground remain dire, and that it is imperative that the Trump Administration and Congress not just continue to provide critical aid, but sharply step up the effort.

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January 31, 2018

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RN Maria Rojas, right, along with other members of the AFL-CIO

RN Response Network Deploys Second Team of Volunteer Nurses to Puerto Rico

Nurse volunteers from the Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN are back on the ground this week in Puerto Rico, working in partnership with International Medical Corps volunteers and local providers to help staff mobile primary care clinics and conduct home visits to hundreds of patients.

RN Response Network
January 22, 2018

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Sen. Bernie Sanders with NNU disaster relief team

RNs Applaud Sen. Sanders Bill for Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands Relief with Crisis Continuing 2 Months Post-Storm

With conditions in Puerto Rico continuing to be at crisis levels more than two months after Hurricane Maria caused cataclysmic devastation on the island, National Nurses United enthusiastically welcomed the introduction of a bill by Sen. Bernie Sanders to drastically step up the critical relief effort.

National Nurses United
November 28, 2017

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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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IV bag

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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