More than 5,000 registered nurses from across the U.S. have responded in less than 72 hours to the call by National Nurses United, the nation's largest organization of registered nurses, for volunteers to provide assistance to residents of earthquake-devastated Haiti.
Those RNs are now issuing an urgent appeal for the public to support their efforts with donations of funds to support travel costs and medical supplies on their upcoming emergency nursing mission.
The relief efforts are being coordinated by the Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN), a project of the 150,000-member National Nurses United (NNU), formed through the unification of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, United American Nurses and Massachusetts Nurses Association.
RNRN/NNU is hoping to have nurse volunteers on the ground in Haiti within the next few days and is coordinating with Haitian nurses on the effort. Details are still being worked out, but those able to support the efforts of these nurses can get involved via:
- www.NationalNursesUnited.org to sign up to volunteer or donate
- @NationalNurses on twitter or by following: #haitiRN
- Call the RNRN hotline: 1-800-578-8225
- Support the RNRN/NNU disaster relief effort in Haiti by sending checks c/o California Nurses Foundation, 2000 Franklin St., Oakland, CA 94612. Charitable contributions will be used to pay for travel/related costs and medical supplies for volunteer RNs on their emergency nursing mission in Haiti.
RNRN sent hundreds of nurse volunteers to the Gulf region following Hurricane Katrina. RNRN has also sent volunteers to Sri Lanka after the South Asia tsunami and to help following huge Southern California wildfires. RNRN is affiliated with NNU, AFL-CIO.
"The need for help has never been so acute. We need financial support to transport them," said NNU Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro, RN. "Nurses will be fundamental to the disaster relief process, to provide immediate healing and therapeutic support to the patients and families facing the devastation from this tragic earthquake."