Psychosocial issues in emergencies: implications for nursing

Grigg, Margaret (2009) Psychosocial issues in emergencies: implications for nursing. Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, 40 (Suppl ). pp. 79-87.

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Nurses are a significant component of the emergency responder workforce and are ideally placed to respond to the complex range of psychosocial issues associated with emergencies. A population health perspective provides a framework to inform individual, family and community interventions in preparedness, response and recovery phases. It is essential that nurses understand the normal emotional reactions to emergencies and support recovery through evidence based strategies for individual, families and communities. While many people will experience emotional distress after an emergency, only a small proportion will develop a mental health problem. Interventions should focus on ensuring people are safe, active listening, promoting social connectedness, empowerment and creating hope for the future. Vulnerable populations such as children and young people and people with existing serious mental health problems require specific consideration. It is also essential that there is support for the psychosocial needs of nurses who are affected by emergencies either directly as members of the affected community and/or indirectly through their exposure to the trauma of others.

Item ID: 11476
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0125-1562
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2010 06:08
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111005 Mental Health Nursing @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 100%
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