Nurses on the Front Line: When Disaster Strikes, 1878-2010 by Barbra, PhD, RN, FAAN Mann Wall, Arlene W., PhD Keeling

By Barbra, PhD, RN, FAAN Mann Wall, Arlene W., PhD Keeling

Nurses at the entrance Line examines how nurses have answered to either ordinary and man-made mess ups within the usa, Canada, and different international locations over the process the former and present centuries. It records 12 mess ups, together with the Galveston storm of 1900, the 1942 Cocoanut Grove nightclub fireplace, September eleventh, and typhoon Katrina. greater than an easy narrative, this article presents intimate first-hand experiences-through letters, memoirs, oral histories, and newspaper articles-of health and wellbeing care employees, survivors, and civic and personal companies that consider the nature and pace of responders in the course of a catastrophe. It illustrates how nurses can fix balance within the aftermath of a chaotic occasion and analyzes the nurses' position as a part of a group reaction. Key gains: Explains intimately what nurses can anticipate in the course of failures and what measures to take while catastrophe moves Examines past usual mess ups and calls into query even if failures have been because of injuries or intentional/unintentional human errors Discusses coverage implications of the various mess ups, targeting the federal government's reaction Investigates the jobs and results of race, category, and gender in the course of a catastrophe

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Power, The Epidemic of 1878 in Mississippi: Report of the Yellow Fever Relief Work Through J. L. Power, Grand Secretary of Masons and Grand Treasurer of Odd Fellows (Jackson, MS: Clarion-Steam, 1879), 192; Register of Sisters and Loose Paper Collection, Sister Mary Vincent Brown, Private Collection, Sisters of Mercy Convent, Vicksburg, Mississippi; Ellington, Christ: the Living Water, 451–452. The Mercy Regional Medical Center in Vicksburg today is the result of the dedication and hard work that the Sisters of Mercy extended during the Civil War, the 1878 yellow fever epidemic, and the years of service to that city.

Cossitt of New York, and trained nurses Chas. W. 50 The Sick and Injured Committee established dispensaries in different parts of the city with physicians and trained nurses working in each. The fact that the Galveston Daily News mentioned trained nurses as part of this relief response is one of the first places that their visibility actually came to the surface. Still, on September 12, a doctor described only the work of other physicians when he stated, “The hospitals in Galveston were doing grand work in caring for the sick and injured, and .

The peak of the storm hit in the late evening, demolishing more than 3,600 homes, drowning their occupants, and killing others by flying debris. In terms of lives lost, it still ranks as the worst natural disaster in North American history. The huge scale was such that no social class was spared. Using religious and heroic rhetoric, one survivor wrote, “I have passed through the most trying experience of my life. . ”2 More recently, on September 13, 2008, the powerful category 2 Hurricane Ike moved onto the Texas Gulf Coast, flattening houses, obliterating entire towns, and claiming 177 deaths in the United States and Caribbean.

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