UCLA RN to Join 4th national nurses group to head to PHL for Haiyan relief effort

UCLA Medical Center first hospital to support campaign 

NRN members at work in evacuation center in Estancia. More than 2,000 have been forced from their homes.

NRN members at work in evacuation center in Estancia. More than 2,000 have been forced from their homes.

While many families are busy in December holiday preparations, a group of registered nurses – including  Paolo Montenegro, a Burbank, Ca. resident who works at UCLA Medical Center – are getting ready for their own special gift – heading  to the Philippines to provide medical support for those who continue to be affected by aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.

California Nurses Association/NNU members will host Montenegro in a media availability send off event Monday, December 9, at10:00 a.m. in front of the entrance of UCLA Mattel Children Hospital, 660 Galey Ave.

Montenegro is a part of a  fourth team of RNs, participating in the National Nurses United’s Registered Nurse Response Network, most of whom will depart today Monday, December 9, linking up with RNRN nurses already on the ground in Roxas on northern end of the island of Panay, which was in the direct path of the storm.

While the RNs in the program have volunteered their time and depended on RNRN to fund their relief deployment, Montenegro’s assignment breaks new ground with support from his employer, UCLA, which is funding the cost of his flight, accommodations in the Philippines, and two weeks of full pay during his relief assignment.

Montenegro will join a fourth delegation of RNs from Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Illinois, Arizona, and California. They are among the more than 3,000 RNs from all 50 states and 19 nations who volunteered in the days after the deadly storm to assist with the relief project.

NNU, which intends to continue sending RNs to the Philippines long after the world’s spotlight has faded, is inviting the public to contribute to the effort, at http://www.nationalnursesunited.org/pages/rnrn-disaster-relief-fund.

Montenegro and others from the fourth team will be providing basic medical care, such as wound care, giving tetanus and other shots, offering critical stress debriefings, and other basic care in clinics in Roxas in conjunction with local public health officials, health care organizations, and health workers, such as the Alliance of Health Workers, which is a member of Global Nurses United, along with NNU.

Additionally, RNRN is expanding its current deployment to sites in hard hit Estancia, also on Panay, which, in addition to the effects of the typhoon, was also slammed with a debilitating oil spill. The typhoon pushed the spill onto the shoreline, dropped oil onto people’s homes, and clogged the air with crippling fumes, all of which exacerbated health risks for area residents.

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