Every nurse executive will, at some time in his or her career, experience the need to lead healthcare organizations during an emergency or disaster situation. Some of these may be local in nature—an overturned school bus, a community industrial accident, a disastrous fire. Others will be cataclysmic events that may or may not have been predicted—earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes. A third group of possible sources for catastrophic healthcare crises includes epidemics of infectious diseases, massive traumas induced by terrorist acts or civil disturbances.
The current edition of NAQ, edited by Donna Gage and Mary Pat Couig, is a collection of articles written by those who have prepared for, led and/or participated in disaster management. Please take the time to read and learn from their experiences. None of us can say when and where we will face the challenges these events will bring, but we must be sure that the "unexpected" has been anticipated, and that we have prepared.
Thanks for choosing to lead,
PS…I hope you will also take a look at our on-line article, Research on the Correlation between Empathy and China's Big Five Personality Theory: Implications for Nurse Leaders. It's a fascinating bonus to learn about the work of our international Nursing Colleagues.