By Denise Danna DNS RN, Sandra Cordray MA MJ
2010 PROSE Award Winner for Nursing & Allied future health Sciences Winner of an AJN e-book of the yr Award for 2010! "The bills are brilliant, colourful, descriptive, excessive, and sometimes awful and provides cross-sectional perspectives of existence within the trenches in this catastrophe This publication is a wealthy basic resource for either historians and catastrophe preparedness planners. it isn't just a tribute to the braveness of the nurses, yet also needs to function a advisor for coverage planners hoping to prevent below optimum responses to destiny crises." --AJN "[T]he book...fascinates easily for its uncooked documentation of the dreadful occasions and stipulations continued by way of nurses, medical professionals, and ancillary employees as they struggled to deal with seriously sick sufferers with no electrical energy, working water, air con platforms, and different assets. 5 years after the levees broke, the horror and chaos of Katrina continues to be clean in those money owed. throughout the tales, readers are transported into the hospitals as nurses heroically interact to evacuate infants from NICUs and vented sufferers from ICU, attempt to calm sufferers, relatives, and coworkers, and make do with the apparatus and offers they have got." --National Nurse "Don't ever imagine that this cannot ensue to you. you'll learn this and it will sound like we created this state of affairs, yet it is a genuine state of affairs that happened." --Pam, Memorial scientific middle "Everything that was once battery operated ultimately died. there have been no monitors...we attempted to maintain humans within the so much humane manner possible." --Lois, Lindy Boggs scientific heart Nursing within the hurricane: Voices from typhoon Katrina takes you within six New Orleans hospitals-cut off from aid for days by means of flooding-where nurses cared for sufferers round the clock. during this publication, nurses from storm Katrina proportion what they did, how they coped, what they misplaced, and what they're doing now in a urban and healthiness care infrastructure nonetheless rebuilding, nonetheless in jeopardy. of their personal phrases, the nurses inform what occurred in each one health facility in advance of, in the course of, and after the hurricane. Danna and Cordray supply an intimate portrait of the event of Katrina, which they and their colleagues persisted. quite a few of the heroic nurses you can find within: Rae Ann and twenty others, together with her husband and youngsters, who wait on a medical institution roof for support to come back Lisa, in the course of taking care of sufferers, who has now not heard from her husband in five days Roslyn, who has 800 humans in her sanatorium whilst the facility turbines close down Linda, who makes use of mattress sheets to jot down out support messages on a medical institution roof, hoping somebody will see them The booklet additionally discusses the best way to plan and get ready for destiny mess ups, with a last bankruptcy documenting the "lessons realized" from Katrina, together with day by day future health care supply in a urban of situation. This groundbreaking paintings serves as a testomony to nurses' professionalism, perseverance, and unwavering commitment.
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You could hear periodic gunﬁre. People were saying they were not shooting at people; they were shooting to get attention. They didn’t think anyone heard or saw them, so they shot . . and it turned into a shooting match. I can say emphatically that none of that happened at Charity Hospital. No shooting, ﬁghting, breaking in and stealing, or drug incidents occurred . . all that crazy stuff did not happen at the hospital. I can honestly say I was never afraid of someone getting in here. “I appreciated the way staff got together and manned the doors, too.
Different things for different people. ’ One supervisor I had known for 25 years. No thanks for staying till the end. ‘Appreciate it. ’ Nobody called. I myself would try to call. Nobody from the supervisory level would call at all. ’ . .
They brought us boxes of rations so we could feed patients and staff. On Thursday, the hospital kept getting supplies, but what we needed was help evacuating our sick patients. Every day we got our patients ready for evacuation, but no help was coming. First it was to be the National Guard, and then it was the army, and later the navy. ” 18 Nursing in the Storm: Voices from Hurricane Katrina Thursday, a nurse’s father arrives via boat to take his daughter out of the hospital. She won’t leave. He is upset.
Nursing in the Storm: Voices from Hurricane Katrina by Denise Danna DNS RN, Sandra Cordray MA MJ