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Research Report:

Caring for Nurses in Public Health Emergencies

by Carol Amaratunga, Michelle Carter, Tracey O’Sullivan, Karen Phillips, Ron Saunders, Patricia Thille

Caring for Nurses in Public Health Emergencies: Enhancing Capacity for Gender-Based Support Mechanisms in Emergency Preparedness Planning by Carol Amaratunga, Michelle Carter, Tracey O’Sullivan, Patricia Thille, Karen Phillips and Ron Saunders. CRPN Research Report. February 2008. 40 pp.

Significant gaps in support exist for nurses in the event of a public health emergency like a flu pandemic, this study by the Women's Health Research Unit of the University of Ottawa demonstrates. Caring for Nurses in Public Health Emergencies calls for significant workplace human resources improvements to better protect nurses in emergencies. These include increased access to training, improved compensation and benefits for "casual" employees, more effective communication of risks and risk management strategies, and supports to reduce work/life conflicts for nurses, the majority of whom are women. Strengthening resources and support would also enhance public health and safety.

Release Date: 28 Feb 2008
Number of pages: 40
Document number: 49473