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Issues raised by nurses and midwives in a post-disaster Bantul community

Mire Sugino (Faculty of Nursing, Shikoku University, Tokushima, Japan)
Elsi Dwi Hapsari (School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, Gadja Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia)
Ema Madyaningrum (School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, Gadja Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia)
Fitri Haryant (School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, Gadja Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia)
Sri Warsini (School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, Gadja Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia)
Satoshi Takada (Kobe University Graduate School of Heath Sciences, Kobe, Japan)
Hiroya Matsuo (Kobe University Graduate School of Heath Sciences, Kobe, Japan)

Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Article publication date: 29 July 2014

Abstract

Purpose

Bantul in Central Java was the most severely damaged area by a devastating earthquake in May 2006. Even after being victims themselves, nurses and midwives at public health centers worked devotedly. The purpose of this paper is to identify the nurses’ and midwives’ perceptions and understanding of their roles, as well as the needs of training in disaster preparedness and management.

Design/methodology/approach

Focus group discussions and questionnaire survey were conducted with 11 nurses and 11 midwives of public health centers in Bantul. Content analysis was applied to analyze transcripts of the focus group discussions and the responses to questionnaire.

Findings

Health care for survivors and community were provided by highly committed health professionals supported in strong community resilience. Donors driven relief programs tended to be unorganized and insensitive for local health providers. Besides, organized disaster management trainings are strongly needed to develop disaster nursing and preparedness.

Research limitations/implications

Embedded problems of local health system and current nursing practice were highlighted.

Originality/value

Focus group discussions provided vital information that can and must be used to improve disaster response capabilities. Moreover, it was equally it is crucial to examine carefully what unfolded during post-disaster intervention.

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Acknowledgements

The authors deeply appreciate the cooperation of nurses and midwives who participated in this study, and the assistance of School of Nursing, Gadja Mada University, to coordinate this study with local government. The authors would also like to thank Dr Glenn, a visiting professor of Kobe University, for his kind advice based on the abundant knowledge in disaster nursing.

Citation

Sugino, M., Dwi Hapsari, E., Madyaningrum, E., Haryant, F., Warsini, S., Takada, S. and Matsuo, H. (2014), "Issues raised by nurses and midwives in a post-disaster Bantul community", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 23 No. 4, pp. 420-436. https://doi.org/10.1108/DPM-05-2013-0086

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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