Dr. Christine Kovner, Dr. Victoria Raveis, and Dr. Nancy Van Devanter recently co-authored two articles on Hurricane Sandy in the September special issue of the Journal of Nursing Scholarship. All three co-authors are faculty associates of New York University College of Global Public Health (NYU GPH) and previously published another paper in the Journal of Urban Health about the impact on NYC Langone Medical Center (LMC) nurses of the relocation to other hospitals following the LMC closure.
The Journal of Urban Health article is called, “Challenges of Nurses’ Deployment to Other New York City Hospitals in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy“. This mixed methods study explored nurses’ experience in the immediate disaster and the subsequent deployment. More than 50 percent of deployed nurse participants reported the experience to be extremely or very stressful. Deployed nurses encountered practice challenges related to working in an unfamiliar environment, limited orientation, and legal concerns about clinical assignments. They experienced psychosocial challenges associated with the intense experience of the evacuation, uncertainty about future employment, and the increased demands of managing the deployment. Findings provide data to inform national and regional policies to support nurses in future deployments.
The co-authors’ second article is “Enabling a Disaster-Resilient Workforce: Attending to Individual Stress and Collective Trauma“. Superstorm Sandy forced the evacuation and extended shutdown of New York University Langone Medical Center. This investigation explored how nurses were impacted by the disasters and how they can best be supported in their nursing responsibilities.
The third article is titled “Challenges and Resources for Nurses Participating in a Hurricane Sandy Hospital Evacuation“. Weather-related disasters have increased dramatically in recent years. In 2012, severe flooding as a result of Hurricane Sandy necessitated the mid-storm patient evacuation of New York University Langone Medical Center. The purpose of this study was to explore, from the nurses’ perspective, what the challenges and resources were to carrying out their responsibilities, and what the implications are for nursing education and preparation for disaster.
Read or download the articles at the links above.