In our continuing observance of Nurses Week, we wanted to highlight some of our best Nursing titles- today focusing on nurses in disaster settings.
Disasters, both natural and man-made, can be frightening and chaotic times, and how a nurse reacts in these situations can make all the difference.
There are so many wonderful books in our program, it was hard to narrow this list down. This is merely a sampling of the titles we have, so make sure to head over to the Nurse section after you read this post to see what else our authors have written!
Nursing in the Storm- Nursing in the Storm: Voices from Hurricane Katrina takes you inside six New Orleans hospitals- cut off from help for days by flooding where nurses cared for patients around the clock. In this book, nurses from Hurricane Katrina share what they did, how they coped, what they lost, and what they are doing now in a city and healthcare infrastructure still rebuilding, still in jeopardy.
"Don't ever think that this can't happen to you. You are going to read this and it's going to sound like we created this scenario, but this is a real scenario that happened."
-Pam, Memorial Medical Center
Nurses and Disasters- This timely volume describes and analyzes the nursing response to a variety of historic and recent global disasters that occurred between 1885 and 2012, including Hurricane Sandy. The book is unique in its discussion of cooperation and conflict in the disaster responses regarding the mobilization of individuals across national borders and continents.
Nurses in War- This unique volume presents the experience of 37 U.S. military nurses sent to the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters of war to care for the injured and dying. The personal and professional challenges they faced, the difficulties they endured, the dangers they overcame, and the consequences they grappled with are vividly described from deployment to discharge. These nurses cared for their patients with compassion, acumen, and inventiveness. And when they returned home, they dealt with their experience as they could.
Nurses After War- Based on candid interviews with 35 nurses who were deployed for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, this is the first book to reveal the stresses and moral dilemmas they experienced as they transitioned back into everyday life. The nurses share their difficulties with family separation, clinical reassignments, PTSD, the perceived stigma of seeking mental health counseling, and compassion fatigue.