Evaluation of an Australian nursing partnership to improve disaster response capacity

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Mitchell, Marion, Mackie, Benjamin, 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. https://doi.org/10.1108/DPM-04-2014-0069
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Evaluation of an Australian nursing partnership to improve disaster response capacity

ERA Journal ID36165
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsMitchell, Marion (Author), Mackie, Benjamin (Author), Aitken, Leanne M. (Author) and McKinnon, Loretta C. (Author)
Journal TitleDisaster Prevention and Management: an international journal
Journal Citation23 (5), pp. 524-532
Number of Pages9
Year2014
Place of PublicationBingley, WA. United Kingdom
ISSN0961-1428
0965-3562
1758-6100
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/DPM-04-2014-0069
Abstract

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.

Keywordsaftercare; disasters; emergency response; intensive care; nursing partnership
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020420501. Acute care
440699. Human geography not elsewhere classified
420306. Health care administration
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Byline AffiliationsGriffith University
School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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