Doctoral thesis

Australian civilian hospital nurses’ lived experience of an out-of-hospital environment following a disaster

Mass Gathering Health / Mass Gathering Medicine

Various publications and presentations relating to Mass Gathering and Major Event health

Disaster Health

Various publications and presentations relating to disaster health

15 October, 2012

Disaster health: An Australian nursing perspective

This presentation was delivered to delegates visiting the University of Canberra from the Naresuan University, Thailand. This presentation focused on what is known about the Australian disaster environment. In particular, this presentation highlighted the various disasters Australian nurses have participated in nationally and internationally. Additionally, various other factors that impact on a health professional to perform in a disaster was discussed, such as: education, willingess to assist in a disaster and role. Finally, future collaborative opportunities between the University of Canberra and Naresuan University were discussed.

Ranse J. (2012). Disaster health: An Australian nursing perspective; paper presented to delegates of the Mahidol University Thailand, University of Canberra, ACT, 15th October

11 October, 2012

Beyond a clinical role: nursing is disasters

This presentation highlighted the key findings of research that explored the role of nurses who participated in the Black Saturday and Victorian bushfires in February 2009. It was highlighted that the nurses’ role in providing health care during and/or following a disaster is more than a clinical care role. Nurses undertook roles including being a psychosocial supporter, a coordinator of care and resources, and problem solvers.

It was argued that this understanding regarding the role of nurses in disasters should be applied to the development of education programs, competencies and policies, with a particular focus on contextualising the education to the realities of possible disastrous scenarios that incorporates elements of coordination, problem solving and psychosocial care within a national framework. Additionally, this awareness education should be used to inform nurses about the realities of working in disaster environments.

Ranse J, Lenson S. (2012). Beyond a clinical role; paper presented at the 2nd Australian Capital Region Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference, Canberra, Australia, 11th October.

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