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Nurses on the Front Line

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Nurses on the Front Line

SKU# 9780826105196

When Disaster Strikes, 1878-2010


  • Barbra Mann Wall PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Arlene W. Keeling PhD

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Nurses on the Front Line examines how nurses have responded to both natural and man-made disasters in the United States, Canada, and other nations over the course of the previous and current centuries. It documents 12 disasters, including the Galveston hurricane of 1900, the 1942 Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire, September 11th, and Hurricane Katrina.

More than a simple narrative, this text provides intimate first-hand experiences-through letters, memoirs, oral histories, and newspaper articles-of health care workers, survivors, and civic and private organizations that reflect on the character and speed of responders during a disaster. It illustrates how nurses can restore stability in the aftermath of a chaotic event and analyzes the nurses' role as part of a community response.

Key features:

  • Explains in detail what nurses can expect during disasters and what measures to take when disaster strikes
  • Examines previous natural disasters and calls into question whether disasters were caused by accidents or intentional/unintentional human error
  • Discusses policy implications of the different disasters, focusing on the federal government's response
  • Investigates the roles and effects of race, class, and gender during a disaster

Product Details 

  • Publication Date September 01, 2010
  • Page Count 320
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826105196
  • EISBN 9780826105202

Table of Contents 

Chapter 1: Moments when time stood still: A look at the history of nursing during disasters

Chapter 2: Galveston Hurricane of 1900

Chapter 3: The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

Chapter 4: Mining accidents in West Virginia in the early 20th century

Chapter 5: The 1917 Explosion of WWI Supply Ship off Halifax, Nova Scotia

Chapter 6: The Tulsa Race Rriot of 1921

Chapter 7: The 1937 Natual Gas Explosion, East Texas Elementary School

Chapter 8: The 1942 Cocoanut Grove Nightclub Fire

Chapter 9: Gendered Notions of Expertise and Bravery: NYC, 9/11

Chapter 10. Hurricane Katrina: Nursing's Response

Chapter 11: Disaster Nursing: Lessons form the Past, Directions for the Future