Nurses’ Role in Caring for Children in Disasters
Keywords:children, disaster, nurses’ role
When a disaster strikes, children comprise one of the most vulnerable groups affected, and they often need special physical and mental care due to the fact that children are not yet physically or developmentally mature and still depend on adults for decision-making and guidance in their daily activities. Nurses play a key role in providing care and protection to these children. Furthermore, nurses also help to minimize risks to the children, protect them against loss and death, and provide support in order to sustain their quality of life. This article aims to illustrate the effect that disasters have on children, as well as the role of nursing in providing care prior to, during, and after a disaster. It also aims to provide guidelines to increase nurses’ competency in caring for children in order to reduce the severity of negative outcomes from disasters.
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