Nurses and Disasters

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Nurses and Disasters

SKU# 9780826126726

Global, Historical Case Studies


  • Arlene W. Keeling PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Barbra Mann Wall PhD, RN, FAAN
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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. It examines how partnerships developed, their implications for policy, and how we can use lessons learned to improve care in the future.

The book addresses such questions as: How did local, regional, and national communities mobilize for emergency care? What was the role of local nurses in emergency care after disasters? What was the role of the national or international Red Cross, local and federal governments, physicians, nurses, and other first responders? What was the impact of social attitudes and issues of race, class, and gender on the ways nurses and other health care professionals reacted to the disasters? How did unpreparedness for the type or scope of the disaster affect the response? The book will be of value to a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate students in nursing, social work, history, health policy, women's studies, public health, and urban studies.


  • Addresses the role of nurses in di saster response
  • Highlights nurses' roles in di sasters that occurred in the context of World War II√≥heretofore unaddressed in the interest of political correctness
  • Discusses policy implications of the different disasters

Product Details 

  • Publication Date June 04, 2015
  • Page Count 332
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826126726
  • EISBN 9780826126733

Table of Contents 

Arlene W. Keeling, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the centennial distinguished professor of nursing at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. She is also chair, Department of Acute and Specialty Care, and director of the Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry. Dr. Keeling is the author of numerous articles on nursing history and an award-winning book, Nursing and the Privilege of Prescription, 1893–2000 (2006). She has coauthored or edited several other books: Rooted in the Mountains; Reaching to the World: A History of the Frontier School of Nursing, 1939–1989 (2012), which received the AJN Book of the Year Award for Public Interest and Creative Works, 2012; and Nurses on the Front Line: A History of Disaster Nursing 1879 to 2005 (2010), which received the peer-reviewed 2012 Mary Roberts Book Award from the American Association for the History of Nursing. She has recently completed two other books: The Nurses of Mayo Clinic, and, in collaboration with John Kirchgessner, Nursing Rural America: Perspectives from the Early 20th Century (2014). Past president of the American Association for the History of Nursing, Dr. Keeling currently serves as cochair of the Expert Panel on Nursing History and Health Policy, the American Academy of Nursing.

Barbra Mann Wall, PhD, RN, FAAN, is associate professor of nursing and associate director of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Wall received her BS from the University of Texas at Austin and her MS in nursing from Texas Woman’s University. She earned a PhD in history from the University of Notre Dame. She has published Unlikely Entrepreneurs: Catholic Sisters and the Hospital Marketplace, 1865–1925 (2005); and American Catholic Hospitals: A Century of Changing Markets and Missions (2011). Her new book, to be published in September 2015, is Into Africa: A Transnational History of Catholic Medical Missions and Social Change. Dr. Wall currently serves as cochair of the Expert Panel on Nursing History and Health Policy in the American Academy of Nursing. She also is coeditor, with Dr. Arlene Keeling, of two books on the history of nursing in disasters: Nurses on the Front Lines: When Disasters Strike, 1878–2010 (2010); and Nurses and Disasters: Global, Historical Cases (in press). She is editor-in-chief of the international journal Health Emergency and Disaster Nursing. Dr. Wall presents at major international and national conferences and is the recipient of numerous five- and six-figure research and program grants.




Prelude Barbra Mann Wall

1. Typhoid Fever Epidemic, 1885 to 1887, Tasmania, Australia

Madonna Grehan

2. The 1908 Italian Earthquake

Anna La Torre

3. The 1913 Flood in Ohio (USA)

Janna Dieckmann

4. The Alaskan Influenza Epidemic, 1918 to 1919

Maria Gilson DeValpine and Arlene W. Keeling

5. The Bombing Blitz of London and Manchester, England, 1940 to 1944

Jane Brooks

6. The Bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, December 7, 1941

Gwyneth Rhiannon Milbrath

7. The Nuclear Catastrophe in Hiroshima, Japan, August 1945

Ryoko Ohara, Madonna Grehan, Sioban Nelson, and Trudy Rudge

8. The Bar Harbor Fire of 1947, Bar Harbor, Maine (USA)

Barbara Maling

9. The SARS Pandemic in Toronto, Canada, 2003

Sioban Nelson and Adrienne Byng

10. Hurricane Sandy, October 2012, New York City (USA)

Barbra Mann Wall, Victoria LaMaina, and Emma MacAllister


Arlene W. Keeling, Emma MacAllister, and Barbra Mann Wall