The pre-hospital role of nurses during the Victorian Bushfires

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Paper presented at the 7th International Conference for Emergency Nurses, Gold Coast, Australia, 8th October 2009.

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  • Process for cross-boarder – need for larger population
  • The pre-hospital role of nurses during the Victorian Bushfires

    1. 1. The pre-hospital role of nurses: The 2009 Black Saturday Victorian Bushfires<br />Mr Jamie Ranse: Clinical Manager, Emergency Department – Calvary Health Care ACT Chief Nursing Officer, St John Ambulance Australia <br />Mr Brett Aimers: State Professional Officer, St John Ambulance Australia (Victoria)<br />Mr Shane Lenson: Manager of Emergency Department Services– Calvary Health Care ACT<br />
    2. 2. Overview<br />Background <br />Aims<br />Method<br />Results<br />Discussion<br />
    3. 3. Background<br />‘Black Saturday’ Bushfires – Victoria 2009<br />Australia&apos;s health care response to disasters<br />Familiar with the threat of natural disasters<br />Real world disasters not tested<br />St John Ambulance Australia<br />Clinical accreditation framework<br />Health care professionals in St John<br />Role of St John in the bushfires<br />Cross boarder arrangements<br />Experience / education<br />
    4. 4. Aim<br /> To describe the clinical experience, disaster training / education, and disaster experience of nurses who participated in the February 2009 Victorian Bushfire response and recovery as a member of St John Ambulance Australia.<br />
    5. 5. Method<br />Phase 1: retrospective mailed survey<br />Exploratory and descriptive<br />Purposive sample - nursing members of St John<br />40 Victorian nurses<br />~20 Nurses from other jurisdictions<br />Content validity<br />Descriptive statistics<br />Response: 37.5% (15)<br />Limitations<br />
    6. 6. Results<br />PRELIMINARY FINDINGS OUTLINED BELOW<br />
    7. 7. Results<br />Demographics: Gender<br />
    8. 8. Results<br />Demographics: Age<br />
    9. 9. Results<br />St John Ambulance Experience: Membership years<br />
    10. 10. Results<br />Nursing and Midwifery Experience<br />
    11. 11. Results<br />Nursing and Midwifery Experience: Qualifications <br />
    12. 12. Results<br />Nursing and Midwifery Experience: Nursing Years <br />
    13. 13. Results<br />Nursing and Midwifery Experience: Hours worked<br />
    14. 14. Results<br />Nursing and Midwifery Experience: Years worked<br />
    15. 15. Results<br />Disaster Education:<br />
    16. 16. Results<br />Disaster Training:<br />
    17. 17. Results<br />Disaster Experience:<br />
    18. 18. Results<br />‘Black Saturday’ Experience: Hours volunteered<br />
    19. 19. Results<br />‘Black Saturday’ Experience: Roles<br />
    20. 20. Results<br />‘Black Saturday’ Experience: Support<br />
    21. 21. Discussion<br />Demographics<br />Nursing characteristics<br />Disaster education / training<br />Disaster experience<br />Better understand broader nursing workforce<br />Experience<br />Training and education needs<br />Willingness<br />Process for cross-boarder deployment<br />Identification for identifying appropriate nurses<br />
    22. 22. The pre-hospital role of nurses: The 2009 Black Saturday Victorian Bushfires<br />Mr Jamie Ranse: Clinical Manager, Emergency Department – Calvary Health Care ACT Chief Nursing Officer, St John Ambulance Australia <br />Mr Brett Aimers: State Professional Officer, St John Ambulance Australia (Victoria)<br />Mr Shane Lenson: Manager of Emergency Department Services– Calvary Health Care ACT<br />

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