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Nurses Aid Haiti; Will Your Hospital Help?

Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, November 2, 2010

RNRN reports up to 12,000 nurses initially volunteered in the days following the January earthquake. Many were put off by uncooperative workplaces. Others banded together to go on behalf of their organizations and the trips proved to be something the whole organization could get behind, improving morale and providing favorable publicity.

Organizations that want to support volunteers during disaster relief efforts can do so in a variety of ways including:

  • Offering and supporting leaves of absence
  • Sponsoring employees on mission trips
  • Organizing events to raise money to fund trips
  • Organizing collections of supplies to send with staff
  • Donating medical supplies and medications

To donate money to fund RNs trips, visit

Rebecca Hendren is a senior managing editor at HCPro, Inc. in Danvers, MA. She edits and manages The Leaders' Lounge blog for nurse managers. Email her at

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