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Holmgren, J., Paillard-Borg, S., Saaristo, P. & von Strauss, E. (2019). Nurses’ experiences of health concerns, teamwork, leadership and knowledge transfer during an Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Nursing Open, 6(3), 824-833
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Nurses’ experiences of health concerns, teamwork, leadership and knowledge transfer during an Ebola outbreak in West Africa
2019 (English)In: Nursing Open, E-ISSN 2054-1058, Vol. 6, no 3, p. 824-833Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2019
Keywords
Ebola outbreak, global nursing, health concerns, knowledge transfer, leadership, nurses, teamwork
National Category
Nursing
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urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-45459 (URN)10.1002/nop2.258 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-10-07 Created: 2019-10-07 Last updated: 2019-10-07Bibliographically approved
von Strauss, E., Paillard-Borg, S., Holmgren, J. & Saaristo, P. (2017). Global nursing in an Ebola viral haemorrhagic fever outbreak: before, during and after deployment. Global Health Action, 10(1), Article ID 1371427.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Global nursing in an Ebola viral haemorrhagic fever outbreak: before, during and after deployment
2017 (English)In: Global Health Action, ISSN 1654-9716, E-ISSN 1654-9880, Vol. 10, no 1, article id 1371427Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Nurses are on the forefront and play a key role in global disaster responses. Nevertheless, they are often not prepared for the challenges they are facing and research is scarce regarding the nursing skills required for first responders during a disaster situation.Objectives: To investigate how returnee nursing staff experienced deployment before, during and after having worked for the Red Cross at an Ebola Treatment Center in Kenema, West Africa, and to supply knowledge on how to better prepare and support staff for viral haemorrhagic fever outbreaks.Methods: A descriptive, cross-sectional approach. Questionnaires were administered to nurses having worked with patients suffering from Ebola in 2014 and 2015. Data collection covered aspects of pre-, during and post-deployment on clinical training, personal health, stress management, leadership styles, socio-cultural exposure and knowledge transfer, as well as attitudes from others. Data was analysed using both quantitative and qualitative methods.Results: Response-rate was 88%: forty-four nurses from 15 different countries outside West Africa answered the questionnaire. The respondents identified the following needs for improvement: increased mental health and psychosocial support and hands-on coping strategies with focus on pre- and post-deployment; more pre-deployment task-oriented clinical training; and workload reduction, as exhaustion is a risk for safety.Conclusions: This study supplies knowledge on how to better prepare health care staff for future viral haemorrhagic fever outbreaks and other disasters. Participants were satisfied with their pre-deployment physical health preparation, whereas they stressed the importance of mental health support combined with psychosocial support after deployment. Furthermore, additional pre-clinical training was requested.

Keywords
Ebola Virus Disease, disaster, global health, global health care, global nursing, nursing education, preparedness, training, viral haemorrhagic fever
National Category
Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-45465 (URN)10.1080/16549716.2017.1371427 (DOI)29017025 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2017-10-11 Created: 2019-10-07Bibliographically approved
Paillard-Borg, S., Holmgren, J., Saaristo, P. & von Strauss, E. (2017). Heroes and pariahs: Nurses in a viral haemorrhagic fever outbreak. European Journal of Public Health, 27(S3), 319-319
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Heroes and pariahs: Nurses in a viral haemorrhagic fever outbreak
2017 (English)In: European Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1101-1262, E-ISSN 1464-360X, Vol. 27, no S3, p. 319-319Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Other academic) Published
Keywords
hemorrhagic fever, disease outbreaks, nurses
National Category
Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-45466 (URN)10.1093/eurpub/ckx189.039 (DOI)
Available from: 2017-12-14 Created: 2019-10-07Bibliographically approved
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