Experiences of nurse volunteers in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.

Elizabeth Sloand, Wing Ka Grace Ho, Joan Kub

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The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of volunteer nurses after the Haiti earthquake, January 2010. A descriptive qualitative study design using in-depth interviews focuses on experiences of 12 American nurse volunteers who served in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. Semistructured interviews were conducted in person or by phone using an interview guide. The interviews were audio-taped, transcribed, and checked for accuracy. Data analysis was assisted using NVivo9. Six themes emerged: initial shock, relentless work, substituting and making do, questioning, systems building, and transitioning back. Nurses who are interested in volunteering after a disaster can expect the experience to be overwhelming and will require them to exercise great flexibility, creativity, and strength in their nursing practice. Nurse volunteers can expect a rewarding experience that will likely change their perspective on nursing work and personal life.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-213
Number of pages21
JournalResearch and theory for nursing practice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes

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