Nursing children after a disaster: A qualitative study of nurse volunteers and children after the Haiti earthquake

Elizabeth Sloand, Grace Ho, Rachel Klimmek, Anthony Pho, Joan Kub

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Abstract

Purpose. The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of nurse volunteers caring for children after the Haiti earthquake in January 2010. Design and Methods. This descriptive qualitative study using in-depth interviews focuses on the experiences of 10 nurse volunteers. Results. Four themes emerged: hope amid devastation, professional compromises, universality of children, and emotional impact on nurses. Practice Implications. Nurses who volunteer after natural disasters have rich personal and professional experiences, including extremes of sadness and joy. Nurse volunteers will likely need to care for children. Nurses and humanitarian agencies should prepare for the unique challenges of pediatric care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)242-253
Number of pages12
JournalJournal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2012

Keywords

  • Children
  • Disaster nursing
  • Haiti
  • Pediatric nursing
  • Qualitative

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics

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