Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Preparing Nurses for Disaster Management

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Preparing Nurses for Disaster Management

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Preparing Nurses for Disaster Management Joanne C. Langan, PhD, RN, and Dotti C. James, PhD, RN; Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2004; 272 pages, $39.95 (soft cover)

When Langan and James began work on this book, no texts were available on the problems of managing bioterrorism and mass casualties that confront contemporary health care providers. Texts that were available on disaster nursing were sorely outdated. Therefore, in writing this book, the authors attempted to introduce nurses and students to basic disaster nursing and discuss issues relevant to nursing practice in a variety of settings. Their research took them to Jerusalem where they met with nurses from the Henrietta Szold Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Nursing who had direct and frequent experience in managing victims of terrorist attacks. Collaboration with Israeli nurses provided insight not only into the role of the nurse but into the emotional costs of responding.

The organization of this book is conceptually sound, progressing from an overall view of disaster preparedness and response to the specifics of victim management according to setting. Each chapter has the same structure, with learning objectives, a glossary of terms, a case study, and posttest questions. The reader is referred to associated websites for in-depth case studies and links to resources identified in each chapter.

The case studies approach content from different perspectives. Those found in the book focus on patient care. Those on the website focus more on the nurse's role in system response. Both types offer excellent material for lively classroom discussion. The links are well chosen and provide readers with sufficient background information to expand on the content.

Organizing content according to the types of victims seen in specific practice areas contributes to the book's utility. The direct management of victims is thoroughly addressed in chapters on mental health, school nursing, and pédiatrie care. …

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