Taiwan is located in a high-risk geographic area that is prone to two or more types of disasters. Literature indicates that Taiwan is one of top countries with high potential for natural disasters. Taiwan's experiences with disasters since 1999 have underlined the importance of nurses' roles and functions in disaster care, as advocated by the International Council of Nurses (ICN). Comprehensive disaster care covers preparation, response, and recovery before, during, and after disasters. Only a potent disaster nursing response and education system, backed by sufficient knowledge and skill, can ensures that nurses fulfill their vital roles and functions in disaster nursing care. This article aims to elicit discussions and provide insights for disaster nursing development from the disaster care experiences of Taiwan over the past two decades. Hopefully, this can enhance nurses' vital roles and functions across all phases of a disaster to provide better care and reduce its impact on public health.
|Translated title of the contribution||The Development of Taiwanese Disaster Nursing: Reflections From Past Disasters in Taiwan|
|Original language||Traditional Chinese|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
- disaster nursing development
- disaster phases
- disaster care experiences