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Nurses role in disaster preparedness

Y H Li, S J Li, S H Chen, X P Xie, Y Q Song, Z H Jin, X Y Zheng
AIM: The aim of this study was to investigate the disaster experiences of nurses called to assist survivors one month after the 2013 Ya'an earthquake. BACKGROUND: China has experienced an increasing number of earthquake disasters in the past four decades. Although a health and disaster management system was initiated after the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, nurses' roles and experiences in a disaster have been overlooked. METHODS: The researchers used qualitative descriptive design that included 16 participants...
September 23, 2016: International Nursing Review
Ibrahim Arziman
Disasters cause an acute deterioration in all stages of life. An area affected by the disaster in which the normal activities of life are disrupted is described as a "Field" in disaster terminology. Although it is not easy to define the borders of this zone, the area where there is normally functioning society is accepted as the boundary. Disaster management is the responsibility of the local government. However, in many large disaster responses many non-governmental and international organizations play a role...
October 2015: Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine
Bryan E Christensen, Mary Anne Duncan, Sallyann C King, Candis Hunter, Perri Ruckart, Maureen F Orr
OBJECTIVE: A chlorine gas release occurred at a poultry processing plant as a result of an accidental mixing of sodium hypochlorite and an acidic antimicrobial treatment. We evaluated the public health and emergency medical services response and developed and disseminated public health recommendations to limit the impact of future incidents. METHODS: We conducted key informant interviews with the state health department; local fire, emergency medical services, and police departments; county emergency management; and representatives from area hospitals to understand the response mechanisms employed for this incident...
August 2016: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
Tener Goodwin Veenema, Anne Griffin, Alicia R Gable, Linda MacIntyre, Radm Nadine Simons, Mary Pat Couig, John J Walsh, Roberta Proffitt Lavin, Aram Dobalian, Elaine Larson
PURPOSE: To develop a vision for the future of disaster nursing, identify barriers and facilitators to achieving the vision, and develop recommendations for nursing practice, education, policy, and research. DESIGN AND METHODS: A series of semistructured conference calls were conducted with 14 national subject matter experts to generate relevant concepts regarding national nursing workforce preparedness. An invitational daylong workshop hosted by the Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center, U...
March 2016: Journal of Nursing Scholarship
E Konishi, T Nagai, M Kobayashi, Y Mitsumori, W Ono, K Asahara, S E Porter
BACKGROUND: The recent Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant accident was one of more than 200 serious nuclear/radiation incidents (accidents and disasters) that occurred worldwide since 1945. The current Fukushima disaster is in the recovery phase with the decreasing levels of radiation in the environment. However, fears and stigma related to the perceived risk of radiation exposure persist among the general population. INTRODUCTION: To improve on students' preparedness for social and public health challenges after a radiation incidence, radiation education was provided for undergraduate public health nursing students...
June 2016: International Nursing Review
Hesam Seyedin, Zahra Abbasi Dolatabadi, Fatemeh Rajabifard
BACKGROUND: Natural and man-made disasters affect people, communities, and health systems. Nurses play a key role in the health system and must be prepared for appropriate response in disasters. OBJECTIVES: This study was done to assess the current knowledge of nurses in emergency departments for disaster preparedness. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted on 110 emergency nurses working in teaching hospitals affiliated to Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran...
November 2015: Trauma Monthly
Janet Baseman, Debra Revere, Ian Painter, Mark Oberle, Jeffrey Duchin, Hanne Thiede, Randall Nett, Dorothy MacEachern, Andy Stergachis
OBJECTIVES: Health care providers play an essential role in public health emergency preparedness and response. We conducted a 4-year randomized controlled trial to systematically compare the effectiveness of traditional and mobile communication strategies for sending time-sensitive public health messages to providers. METHODS: Subjects (N=848) included providers who might be leveraged to assist with emergency preparedness and response activities, such as physicians, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, physician's assistants, and veterinarians...
February 2016: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
Leodoro J Labrague, Begonia C Yboa, Denise M McEnroe-Petitte, Ledwin R Lobrino, Mary Geronima B Brennan
PURPOSE: This study examined the perceived level of disaster preparedness in Philippine nurses. DESIGN: A descriptive, cross-sectional research design was used in this study. METHODS: Two hundred nurses were invited to participate in the study, with 170 responses (105 hospital nurses and 65 community nurses) or an 85% response rate, during the months of April 2014 through July 2014. Data collection was based on interviews using a standardized instrument, the Disaster Preparedness Questionnaire...
January 2016: Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Mary A King, Molly V Dorfman, Sharon Einav, Alex S Niven, Niranjan Kissoon, Colin K Grissom
OBJECTIVE: Data on best practices for evacuating an intensive care unit (ICU) during a disaster are limited. The impact of Hurricane Sandy on New York City area hospitals provided a unique opportunity to learn from the experience of ICU providers about their preparedness, perspective, roles, and activities. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional survey of nurses, respiratory therapists, and physicians who played direct roles during the Hurricane Sandy ICU evacuations...
February 2016: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
Luche Tadesse Ejeta, Ali Ardalan, Douglas Paton
BACKGROUND: Preparedness for disasters and emergencies at individual, community and organizational levels could be more effective tools in mitigating (the growing incidence) of disaster risk and ameliorating their impacts. That is, to play more significant roles in disaster risk reduction (DRR). Preparedness efforts focus on changing human behaviors in ways that reduce people's risk and increase their ability to cope with hazard consequences. While preparedness initiatives have used behavioral theories to facilitate DRR, many theories have been used and little is known about which behavioral theories are more commonly used, where they have been used, and why they have been preferred over alternative behavioral theories...
2015: PLoS Currents
Abdulellah Al Thobaity, Virginia Plummer, Kelli Innes, Beverley Copnell
BACKGROUND: It is generally accepted that nurses have insufficient knowledge about disaster preparedness due to a lack of acceptance of core competencies and the absence of disaster preparedness in nursing curricula. This study explored nurses' knowledge and sources of knowledge, and skills as they relate to disaster management in Saudi Arabia, where more than 4660 people have died, 32,000 people have been affected, and US$4.65 billion in damage has been caused by disaster since 1980...
August 2015: Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal: AENJ
Janice M Morse, Lauren Clark, Tracii Haynes, Ariko Noji
The Olympic Games constitutes the world's largest sporting event. Nurses play an important, but poorly discussed, role in emergency care, routine clinical care and preventive care for athletes from many cultures as well as an enormous influx of spectators. In this article, we discuss five important considerations when preparing nurses to provide safe care for Olympians: elite athletes as a cultural group; caring for the Olympic family; disaster preparedness and security; infection control; and principles of transcultural nursing...
March 2015: International Journal of Nursing Practice
Sultan Al-Shaqsi, Robin Gauld, David McBride, Ammar Al-Kashmiri, Abdullah Al-Harthy
INTRODUCTION: Disasters occur more frequently. Acute care providers are the first to respond to mass emergencies from the healthcare sector. The preparedness of acute care providers in New Zealand to respond to mass emergencies has not been previously studied. OBJECTIVE: To assess the self-reported training and experience of New Zealand acute care providers to respond to mass emergencies and the factors associated with strong preparedness. METHODS: A cross-sectional national survey of 1500 acute care providers in New Zealand carried out between 2009 and 2010...
February 2015: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
Kourosh Zarea, Samira Beiranvand, Parisa Sheini-Jaberi, Alireza Nikbakht-Nasrabadi
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Disaster nursing was one of the first forms of nursing practice in Iran, and nurses have long served voluntarily in disasters. Despite their key role throughout a disaster management cycle, few studies have examined nurses' unique role in the management of disasters in this region of the world. METHODS: An integrative narrative analysis of international research published in English and Persian studies between years 2000 and 2013 was conducted...
November 2014: Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal: AENJ
Seher Deniz Öztekin, Eric Edwin Larson, Serpil Yüksel, Gülay Altun Uğraş
AIM: Although the awareness of disasters has increased among nurses, the concept of disaster preparedness and response has not been sufficiently explored with undergraduate nursing students. The aim of this study was to assess and compare the perceptions of students regarding disaster preparedness and response that live in different earthquake-prone cities; Istanbul, Turkey and Miyazaki, Japan. METHODS: A cross-sectional study employing seven questions was conducted in a final group of 1053 nursing students from Istanbul, Turkey, and Miyazaki, Japan...
April 2015: Japan Journal of Nursing Science: JJNS
Jamie Ranse, Alison Hutton, Basseer Jeeawody, Rhonda Wilson
BACKGROUND: Internationally there is an increasing amount of peer-reviewed literature pertaining to disaster nursing. The literature includes personal anecdotes, reflections, and accounts of single case studies. Furthermore, issues such as the willingness of nurses to assist in disasters, the role of nurses in disasters, leadership, competencies, and educational preparedness for nurses have been the focus of the literature. AIM: The aim of this research was to determine the international research priorities for disaster nursing...
October 2014: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Seher Deniz Öztekin, Eric Edwin Larson, Gülay Altun Uğraş, Serpil Yüksel, Sevim Savaşer
AIM: As healthcare professionals, nursing educators need to be prepared to manage and deliver care in what are often dangerous conditions. This research aims to determine and compare nursing educators' perceptions of disaster preparedness and response (DP&R) in Istanbul and Miyazaki. METHODS: An 18 question descriptive questionnaire was used. RESULTS: One hundred and forty-four nursing educators representing two state university nursing schools in Istanbul, Turkey, and one state and two private universities in Miyazaki, Japan were enrolled...
April 2015: Japan Journal of Nursing Science: JJNS
Alexander Isakov, Patrick O'Neal, John Prescott, Joan Stanley, Jack Herrmann, Anne Dunlop
Academic institutions possess tremendous resources that could be important for community disaster response and preparedness activities. In-depth exploration of the role of academic institutions in community disaster response has elicited information about particular academic resources leveraged for and essential to community preparedness and response; factors that contribute to the decision-making process for partner engagement; and facilitators of and barriers to sustainable collaborations from the perspectives of academic institutions, public health and emergency management agencies, and national association and agency leaders...
2014: American Journal of Disaster Medicine
Mayumi Kako, Jamie Ranse, Aiko Yamamoto, Paul Arbon
BACKGROUND: An earthquake and tsunami hit the east coast of Japan on March 11, 2011. Nurses were actively involved in the health response to this disaster and, subsequently, many authors have reported on the role nurses played in these efforts in Japanese nursing professional journals. Aim To describe the role of nurses who assisted in the 2011 Great East Earthquake of Japan by reviewing Japanese literature and reporting the findings in English. METHOD: This research used an integrative literature review methodology...
June 2014: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Philippa Rokkas, Victoria Cornell, Malinda Steenkamp
To date, Australia has not had to respond to a nationwide catastrophic event. However, over the past decade, heat waves, bushfires, cyclones, and floods have significantly challenged Australia's disaster preparedness and the surge capacity of local and regional health systems. Given that disaster events are predicted to increase in impact and frequency, the health workforce needs to be prepared for and able to respond effectively to a disaster. To be effective, nurses must be clear regarding their role in a disaster and be able to articulate the value and relevance of this role to communities and the professionals they work with...
March 2014: Nursing & Health Sciences
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