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Keywords:

  • Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant;
  • Nuclear Disaster;
  • Nurses' Professional Roles;
  • Radiation Emergency Medicine;
  • Radiation Survey

Background

A severe earthquake occurred in Japan on 11 March 2011. The giant tsunami devastated many coastal communities in eastern Japan and caused the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant incident. The Japanese government conducted a large-scale survey of residents affected by the nuclear and natural disasters in Fukushima prefecture and in response to the government's request, H University dispatched a Radiation Exposure Research Team to Fukushima.

Purpose

This article explains the activities of the Radiation Exposure Research Team and the role of nurses in a nuclear disaster.

Conclusion

As a nurse in the field of radiation medicine, our role is to protect the health of those affected and to reduce their anxiety. In addition, as the persons responsible for implementing these projects, it is also necessary that we educate and foster the development of medical care personnel with the appropriate knowledge and skills to carry out the measures required.