Chapter 21 - Disaster Relief Nursing in the 21st Century

Kevin Davies, Pat Deeny

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When this chapter is completed, readers will be able to:- (1) Appreciate the scale of disasters worldwide and how sociopolitical, economic and cultural factors contribute to the development of complex human emergencies. (2) Determine the contribution of nurses to global aid relief and the range of roles that exist for nurses at all levels and stages of the disaster situation. (3)Affirm the importance of human rights, cultural awareness and sensitivity for nurses working in multinational teams or in the care of individuals and communities who fall victim to disaster. (4) Identify the key ethical issues associated with nursing in disaster situations and show increased awareness of the difficulties associated with neutrality and independence. (5) Discuss the key elements of quality assurance in international disaster response and preparedness and how rigorous evaluation contributes to improvements in nursing practice for disaster situations worldwide. (6) Identify transportation and communication as potential major obstacles to relief efforts during disasters. (7) Appreciate that complex emergencies present increased risk to the personal safety of nurses working in disaster relief.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDisaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness - 3rd edition
Publication statusPublished - 24 Aug 2012


  • disaster relief nursing
  • 21st century


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