National Nurses United (NNU) is the largest union and professional association of registered nurses in U.S. history. It counts nearly 185,000 members in every state. Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN) is a project of NNU and the California Nurses Foundation. For the past 10 years, RNRN has organized volunteer responses for Hurricanes Katrina (2005) and Sandy (2012), the 2010 Haiti earthquake and other disasters.
When NNU reached out to its membership and beyond for volunteers and donations in support of the communities in the Philippines recovering from Typhoon Haiyan, more than 500 nurses within the first 24 hours responded.
“As U.S nurses, we have seen the effects of deadly storms and disasters and the pain it causes for our families and communities,” said Zenei Cortez, RN, CAN/NNU. “We know the difference it makes to provide support and assistance in an hour of need. We will do whatever we can do aid our sisters and brothers in the Philippines.”
Among the first to answer the call was Suzzette Nacarda, RN. A native of the Philippines with family impacted by the typhoon, she has worked in Los Angeles for the past 30 years.
“I think our expertise is much-needed over there,” said Nacarda. “I think it's my way of giving back to my country, to my town. It is just in our nature. We’re very compassionate. We like to take care of people.”
Be it midwives from the Norwegian Red Cross assigned to a field hospital in the Philippines, or New Zealand nurses taking care of the wounded in Juba in war-stricken South Sudan, relief nurses know no borders. Should you know one them, show thanks for their work.
To learn more about RNRN, visit their website, http://www.nationalnursesunited.org.