Chaos, Teamwork, Compassion, and Leadership

Disasters and Nursing's Finest Hours

Karlene M. Kerfoot


Nurs Econ. 2019;37(5):265-267. 

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Nurses in Disasters

Nurses have a long history of rising to the occasion whenever there are disasters. According to the Society for the Advancement of Disaster Nursing (n.d.), nurses have understood the importance of civic responsibility since Florence Nightingale stepped forward with her personal response to the Crimean War. Today nurses not only respond bravely when disaster hits, but also ensure the population is ready through public education and disseminating information. As we brace for endemics, disasters brought on by climate change, natural disasters, disasters induced by humans, and emergencies in our neighborhoods, the essence of nursing is to manage through the chaos to save lives and prevent adverse outcomes.