Exploring staff willingness to attend work during a disaster: a study of nurses employed in four Australian emergency departments

Arbon, Paul, Cusack, Lynette, Ranse, Jamie, Shaban, Ramon Z, Considine, Julie, Kako, Mayumi, Woodman, Richard J, Mitchell, Belinda, Bahnisch, Laura and Hammad, Karen 2013, Exploring staff willingness to attend work during a disaster: a study of nurses employed in four Australian emergency departments, Australasian emergency nursing journal, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 103-109, doi: 10.1016/j.aenj.2013.05.004.

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Title Exploring staff willingness to attend work during a disaster: a study of nurses employed in four Australian emergency departments
Author(s) Arbon, Paul
Cusack, Lynette
Ranse, Jamie
Shaban, Ramon Z
Considine, JulieORCID iD for Considine, Julie orcid.org/0000-0003-3801-2456
Kako, Mayumi
Woodman, Richard J
Mitchell, Belinda
Bahnisch, Laura
Hammad, Karen
Journal name Australasian emergency nursing journal
Volume number 16
Issue number 3
Start page 103
End page 109
Total pages 7
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2013-08
ISSN 1574-6267
Keyword(s) Australia
Emergency nurses
Attitude of Health Personnel
Decision Making
Disaster Planning
Emergency Nursing
Emergency Service, Hospital
Focus Groups
Health Manpower
Moral Obligations
Nursing Staff, Hospital
Qualitative Research
Summary BACKGROUND: Much of the literature about emergency nurses willingness to work during disasters has been from a non-Australian perspective. Despite the many recent disasters, little is known of Australian nurse's willingness to participate in disaster response. This paper presents findings from a study that explored nurses willingness to attend work during a disaster and the factors that influenced this decision. METHODS: Data were collected consecutively using a combination of focus group and interview methods. Participants in this study, registered nurses from emergency departments, were recruited through convenience sampling from four hospitals in Australia. Participant narrative was electronically recorded, transcribed and thematically analysed. RESULTS: The participants for both the focus groups and interviews compromised a mix of ages, genders and years of experience as emergency nurses from across four jurisdictions within Australia. Three major themes that influenced willingness emerged with a number of subthemes. Theme one reflected the uncertainty of the situation such as the type of disaster. The second theme surrounded the preparedness of the workplace, emergency nurse and colleagues, and the third theme considered personal and professional choice based on home and work circumstances and responsibilities. CONCLUSIONS: The decision to attend work or not during a disaster, includes a number of complex personal, work-related and professional factors that can change, depending on the type of disaster, preparedness of the work environment and the emergency nurses' personal responsibilities at that time.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.aenj.2013.05.004
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
1110 Nursing
1117 Public Health And Health Services
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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