Disaster in Franklin County Essay

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Community Health-Disaster in Franklin County
Connie DiPietrantonio
Western Governors University
HAT 4 – Community Health Nursing
November 2011

Disaster in Franklin County
The Role of Health Personnel and the Public Nurse
The major role of the public health personnel in a disaster are varied and included the immediate safety and well-being of the members of the community, as well as attention to potential future long term issues. The public health nurse is one of the members of the public health personnel that would help as a member of strike or task force or even possibly as an individual entity, depending on the need. In this disaster the public health personnel had to deal with multiple problems both during
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Additionally they had help from the command center to set up temporary shelters, with bedding, food and clothing for those being evacuated. This give the nurse a place to visit resident and establish their needs and mental status as it relates to the tragedy. The nurse can then create a plan of care with the rest of the team to best serve the residents that are displaced. The nurse is put on a task force with fire, public works and public health to conduct door-to-door interviews. The nurse was presented with several situations on her door-to-door that were not related to her scope of practice. Her assessment of the situation, her communication and action is critical to improving the conditions of these residents. What she does and does not do, is very important to her success. Initially the community nurse came across a gentleman that had flooding in his basement, and a shelf in his shed that created a mixed household chemicals spill. The nurse will help the resident by getting him and the other residence information on “how to clean up after a flood” by sending this need back to the command center. She will also alert her command that a visit from an Environmental Health Specialist to this home is required to handle the chemical spill issue which is beyond her scope of practice. The satisfaction that the needs of this resident have
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