United States Public Health Service Nurses: Deployment in Global Crisis

Michelle Brown-Stephenson, MS, MLS, BSN, CHES

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Online J Issues Nurs. 2017;22(1) 

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Abstract and Introduction

Abstract

Nurses serving in the uniformed forces are often first responders to medical crises throughout the world. The U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps is an elite team of fulltime, well-trained, highly qualified public health professionals who respond to public health crises at home and abroad. This article briefly describes responsibilities and roles of nurses during deployments; offers an exemplar of deployment to West Africa for Ebola response; and reviews the outcomes of the response effort. The author then offers reflections about her deployment experiences.

Introduction

Nurses serving in the uniformed forces are often first responders to medical crises throughout the world. A recent outbreak in 2014 involved the Ebola virus. Nurses in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) were deployed to Africa to respond to this outbreak. This article describes the history and mission of the Public Health Service and the responsibilities and roles of USPHS nurses during deployments in response to a global crisis. The author also provides a personal reflection about her deployment to Liberia, Africa during the 2014 Ebola virus outbreak, including a brief overview about Ebola and description of the outbreak event.

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