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Evaluation of an Australian nursing partnership to improve disaster response capacity

Marion Mitchell (Centre for Health Practice Innovation Griffith Health Institute, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia and Intensive Care Unit, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Australia)
Benjamin Mackie (Institute for Resilient Regions, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia)
Leanne M. Aitken (Centre for Health Practice Innovation Griffith Health Institute, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia; Intensive Care Unit, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Australia and School of Health Sciences, City University London, London, UK)
Loretta C. McKinnon (Centre for Health Practice Innovation Griffith Health Institute, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia and Intensive Care Unit, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Australia)

Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Article publication date: 28 October 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to evaluate a partnership with specialized nurses from geographically disparate hospitals to provide critical support in national disasters.

Design/methodology/approach

The Australian Government established the National Critical Care Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) within Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH). A partnership with the Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) occurred to support RDH during national disasters. PAH nurses undertook two-week rotations to RDH in readiness for deployment. PAH, NCCTRC and RDH nurses’ perceptions of the efficacy of the nurse rotations were explored in surveys and focus groups.

Findings

PAH nurses felt they were well equipped for practice in RDH and the partnership developed professional reciprocity with the PAH nurses feeling respected, valued and part of the RDH team. This finding of adequate preparation and effective integration was consistent with the perceptions of senior staff from the participating organizations.

Originality/value

This unique partnership created a well-prepared team to provide support in a national disaster.

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Acknowledgements

Funds were received from the Princess Alexandra Hospital. The funder had no input into the study, its design or publication decisions. The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Citation

Mitchell, M., Mackie, B., M. Aitken, L. and C. McKinnon, L. (2014), "Evaluation of an Australian nursing partnership to improve disaster response capacity", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 23 No. 5, pp. 524-532. https://doi.org/10.1108/DPM-04-2014-0069

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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