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Shum Preston,
Liz Jacobs RN, 510-273-2232

Largest RN Union Issues Urgent Call for Nurse Volunteers To Assist Earthquake Ravaged Haiti

Nurse Volunteer Group to Coordinate Emergency Nursing Mission


The nation's largest
organization of registered nurses tonight activated its nationwide disaster relief
program to recruit nurse volunteers to provide assistance to residents of
earthquake devastated Haiti, the National Nurses United announced Tuesday

Registered Nurse Response
Network sent more than 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 National Nurses United, AFL-CIO, the national union and
professional association for Registered Nurses.

Details are still being worked out, but nurses can sign up
at the NNU website,

NNU will also provide follow up information at
for details and plans.

The 150,000-member NNU was
formed last month through the unification of California
Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing
Committee, United American Nurses, and Massachusetts Nurses Association.

Through RNRN, the
organization hopes to send nurses to provide emergency short term and long term
medical support, as it has in previous major disasters. Following Katrina, for
example, RNRN volunteers worked with local healthcare and emergency agencies
and officials in mobile clinics, area hospitals, and other healthcare settings
in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.

"We are calling on
nurses throughout the U.S. to join us in this critical effort," said NNU
Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro.

"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," DeMoro said.

National Nurses United, with close to 185,000 members in every state, is the largest union and professional association of registered nurses in US history.

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