Nurses from West Coast descend to help in Baton Rouge
After the tsunami struck Asia in December, a California nurses' union was able to send only six nurses to Sri Lanka to help.
The organization wasn't able to get through the maze of red tape with major relief organizations to be able to send more volunteers, said a union representative.
After Hurricane Katrina hit, the union took matters into its own hands....
Volunteer nurses help keep a Baton Rouge hospital open, and spirits up
...Toward the end of a grueling day, Barbier, the hospital's nursing director, is back in her cramped office, a jumble of stacked books, files, diapers and bedpans. It's the picture of someone struggling to get back on top of things.
She's asked why the Californians came. Her phone, as it has done constantly for the past month, rings again. Her eyes well up with tears, and above the drone of the air conditioner, she replies in a voice barely audible: "Because they're nurses."...