Emergencies, Disasters, and Catastrophic Events: The Role of Rehabilitation Nurses in Preparedness, Response, and Recovery

Authors

  • Lisa M. Brown PhD,

    Associate Professor, Corresponding authorSearch for more papers by this author
    • Lisa M. Brown, PhD, is an associate professor at the University of South Florida, Aging and Mental Health Disparities in Tampa, FL.

  • Edward J. Hickling PsyD,

    Clinical PsychologistSearch for more papers by this author
    • Edward J. Hickling, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist at James A. Haley VAMC-HSR&D/RR&D Research Center of Excellence in Tampa, FL.

  • Kathryn Frahm PhD MSW

    Research Postdocotoral FellowSearch for more papers by this author
    • Kathryn Frahm, PhD MSW, is a research postdocotoral fellow at University of South Florida, Aging and Mental Health Disparities in Tampa, FL.


lmbrown@fmhi.usf.edu

Abstract

Rehabilitation nurses play an integral role in helping patients and communities plan for, respond to, and recover from disasters. This article provides an overview of various types of disasters, the terminology used by planners and responders, and the structure that governs the delivery of services, resources, and patient care. Information about specialized training in disaster response and volunteer opportunities through national and state humanitarian relief programs are provided. Although each nursing specialty lends expertise to emergency and disaster situations, rehabilitation nurses are particularly well-suited to help during times of complex, multifaceted medical and emotional responses.

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