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Nurses on the Front Line

When Disaster Strikes, 1878-2010

Nurses on the Front Line by Barbra Mann Wall
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Nurses on the Front Line examines how nurses have responded to both natural and man-made disasters in the United States, Canada, and other nations over the course of the previous and current centuries. It documents 12 disasters, including the Galveston hurricane of 1900, the 1942 Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire, September 11th, and Hurricane Katrina.

More than a simple narrative, this text provides intimate first-hand experiences-through letters, memoirs, oral histories, and newspaper articles-of health care workers, survivors, and civic and private organizations that reflect on the character and speed of responders during a disaster. It illustrates how nurses can restore stability in the aftermath of a chaotic event and analyzes the nurses' role as part of a community response.

Key features:

  • Explains in detail what nurses can expect during disasters and what measures to take when disaster strikes
  • Examines previous natural disasters and calls into question whether disasters were caused by accidents or intentional/unintentional human error
  • Discusses policy implications of the different disasters, focusing on the federal government's response
  • Investigates the roles and effects of race, class, and gender during a disaster
Springer Publishing Company; September 2010
320 pages; ISBN 9780826105202
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Title: Nurses on the Front Line
Author: Barbra Mann Wall; Arlene W. Keeling
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