04 September, 2012

In the wake of disaster: treating physical and mental injuries

This article was published in NursingReview. It highlights that nurses during the Black Saturday and Victorian Bushfire in 2009 undertook a variety of roles:
  • Minimal clinical care
  • Coordinator of care
  • Problem solver
  • Psychosocial support
In particular, this paper argues the need to think about which 'group' of nurses is most appropriate to assist in the response / recovery to a disaster. This article highlights that we commonly send emergency, intensive care  and/or peri-operative nurses to disasters; whereas, community, mental health, general practice and public health nurses should also be considered.

Ranse J. (2012). In the wake of disaster: treat physical and mental injuries. Nursing Review [Australian College of Nursing – newsletter publication]. September:


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