"As nurses, this is what we do,” Christine Grant told Union City Wednesday morning as she prepared to board a plane for Puerto Rico. Grant (below), an implant nurse at the VA hospital in Washington, DC, is part of a delegation of 50 volunteer registered nurses from across the U.S. who are joining a unique, multi-union two-week disaster relief effort to provide medical aid to Puerto Rico in the wake of the ongoing humanitarian crisis following Hurricane Maria. “I’ve never done anything like this before but nursing is a calling, the need is great and I wanted to help out,” Grant, a member of National Nurses United’s in DC, said. “We’ve got lots of supplies and many of the nurses here have disaster experience and we’ll do our best once we’re on the ground.” NNU’s Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN), a national network of volunteer nurses, has recruited the RN team, which met up with other union members with specialty skills who are part of a delegation organized by the AFL-CIO. “We’re excited and ready to head out!” Grant added. photo: Grant (below) at the Newark airport Wednesday morning
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