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Nursing in the emergency department (ED) during a disaster: A review of the current literature.
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PMID:  23217657     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: The aim of this review was to explore the current literature about working as a nurse in the emergency department (ED) during a disaster. Nurses play an important role in caring for patients that present to the ED following a disaster. While there is a great deal of literature written about disasters and disaster response, little has been written from the emergency nursing perspective.
METHODS: Literature was identified through electronic databases from 2000 to 2011. Articles were reviewed if they provided discussion relevant to nursing in the ED during a disaster.
RESULTS: 18 articles met the criteria. Five themes emerged from the review. There were two key findings: changes from a 'normal' working day to a disaster; and the preparedness of nurses working in the ED during a disaster.
CONCLUSIONS: The literature highlights concern about the preparedness of ED nurses for disaster response and the capacity of nurses to transition to working in a disaster situation.
Karen S Hammad; Paul Arbon; Kristine Gebbie; Alison Hutton
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Australasian emergency nursing journal : AENJ     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1574-6267     ISO Abbreviation:  Australas Emerg Nurs J     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101270281     Medline TA:  Australas Emerg Nurs J     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  235-44     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
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Copyright © 2012 College of Emergency Nursing Australasia Ltd. All rights reserved.
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