It’s a beautiful thing to see the world come together in times of crisis and need, just as we are witnessing with the earthquake ravished country of Haiti. Many countries, organizations and individuals from across the globe are lending a hand, one way or another and the people of the United States are no exception.
National Nurses United, the nation’s largest organization of registered nurses has activated its disaster relief program, requesting nursing volunteers to provide assistance to residents of earthquake devastated Haiti. Already more than 1500 nurses from across the country have registered and you can to. Just go to the National Nurses United site and follow the links. If you read this today, January 14th… There will be a conference call (10am Pacific Time) for all those registered to help in which you will be given instructions as to what is needed and where and when to report for duty. The number to call is (866) 320-4709 using the access code 143135.
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 last month 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.
If you are unable to help physically, you can always donate money, supplies, clothing, food, anything to help provide assistance or use your time to help with the coordination of relief efforts. The American Red Cross has begun its relief efforts and has an easy way for anyone to help. All you need to do is send the text, “Haiti” to 90999 to donate. You will be pledging $10, all of which passes thru to the Red Cross for Haiti relief. Your cell carrier keeps nothing.
If you are a traveling nurse in between assignments, what better time to use your skills, compassion? Open your hearts to those who are in desperate need of care. This is your calling, will you answer?