Health Concerns After A Natural Disaster

health-concerns-after-natural-disaster-image.pngHurricane season is upon us, but unfortunately, natural disasters are occurring almost every season. Safety is the primary focus when a natural disaster devastates any area, but what about the short-term and long-term effects after a natural disaster? Patients and the public trust nurses. This has been proven time and time again – so it’s important we are up-to-date on current health concerns and recommendations. Food and water safety, insect and animal related illnesses, and mental health effects are just a few of the related concerns. Nurses also need to remember the importance of self-care; as nurses who may be personally affected by natural disaster, caregivers to others affected, or both, nurses need to be especially cognizant of their own needs after exposure to these traumatic events. Here are resources to help nurses provide care for others and care for themselves.

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Waterborne Illnesses

Nursing2016, September 2016
Learning about Legionnaires' Disease
Nursing2016, August 2016

Mental Health

Climate Change and Mental Health
American Journal of Nursing, April 2017
Disaster Care: Children of Hurricane Katrina
American Journal of Nursing, August 2011

Nurses on the Scene

In the Eye of the Storm
Home Healthcare Now, May/June 2018
The Faces of Heroes
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, January/February 2018

Learning from the Past

Addressing the Health and Wellness Needs of Vulnerable Rockaway Residents in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy: Findings from a Health Coaching and Community Health Worker Program
Journal of Public Health Management & Practice, March/April 2018,
Been There, Done That—What Will It Take to Safeguard Seniors in Disasters?
American Journal of Nursing, November 2017
Overburdened Systems and Dealing with Disaster: Nursing Administrators' Experiences and Nursing Leadership Recommendations From a State-Level Perspective
Nursing Administration Quarterly, April/June 2017
Decision Processes and Determinants of Hospital Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place During Hurricane Sandy
Journal of Public Health Management & Practice, January/February 2017

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