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Nurses' experiences of ethical preparedness for public health emergencies and healthcare disasters: a systematic review of qualitative evidence

Johnstone, Megan-Jane and Turale, Sue 2014, Nurses' experiences of ethical preparedness for public health emergencies and healthcare disasters: a systematic review of qualitative evidence, Nurisng and Health Sciences, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 67-77, doi: 10.1111/nhs.12130.

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Title Nurses' experiences of ethical preparedness for public health emergencies and healthcare disasters: a systematic review of qualitative evidence
Author(s) Johnstone, Megan-Jane
Turale, Sue
Journal name Nurisng and Health Sciences
Volume number 16
Issue number 1
Start page 67
End page 77
Total pages 11
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Richmond, Vic.
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1441-0745
1442-2018
Keyword(s) disasters
emergencies
ethics
health care
mass casualty incidents
nurses
Summary Little is known about nurses' direct experiences of ethical preparedness for dealing with catastrophic public health emergencies and healthcare disasters or the ethical quandaries that may arise during such events. A systematic literature review was undertaken to explore and synthesize qualitative research literature reporting nurses' direct experiences of being prepared for and managing the ethical challenges posed by catastrophic public health emergencies and healthcare disasters. Twenty-six research studies were retrieved for detailed examination and assessed by two independent reviewers for methodological validity prior to inclusion in the review. Of these, 12 studies published between 1973 and 2011 were deemed to meet the inclusion criteria and were critically appraised. The review confirmed there is a significant gap in the literature on nurses' experiences of ethical preparedness for managing public health emergencies and healthcare disasters, and the ethical quandaries they encounter during such events. This finding highlights the need for ethical considerations in emergency planning, preparedness, and response by nurses to be given more focused attention in the interests of better informing the ethical basis of emergency disaster management.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/nhs.12130
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30062313

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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