Evaluation of an Australian nursing partnership to improve disaster response capacity

Mitchell, Marion and Mackie, Benjamin and Aitken, Leanne M. and McKinnon, Loretta C. (2014) Evaluation of an Australian nursing partnership to improve disaster response capacity. Disaster Prevention and Management: an International Journal, 23 (5). pp. 524-532. ISSN 0965-3562


Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to evaluate a partnership with specialized nurses from geographically disparate hospitals to provide critical support in national disasters.
Design/methodology/approach – The Australian Government established the National Critical Care Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) within Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH). A partnership with the Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) occurred to support RDH during national disasters. PAH
nurses undertook two-week rotations to RDH in readiness for deployment. PAH, NCCTRC and RDH nurses' perceptions of the efficacy of the nurse rotations were explored in surveys and focus groups.
Findings – PAH nurses felt they were well equipped for practice in RDH and the partnership developed professional reciprocity with the PAH nurses feeling respected, valued and part of the RDH team. This finding of adequate preparation and effective integration was consistent with the perceptions of senior staff from the participating organizations.
Originality/value – This unique partnership created a well-prepared team to provide support in a national disaster.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2014 11:36
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2016 06:15
Uncontrolled Keywords: aftercare; disasters; emergency response; intensive care; nursing partnership
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning)
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111709 Health Care Administration
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing
C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920407 Health Protection and/or Disaster Response
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1108/DPM-04-2014-0069
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/26240

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