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Hurricane Katrina: A nurse practitioner's experience

Thomas, Sophia, L., DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP (Georgetown University Clinical Faculty)

Section Editor(s): Goolsby, Mary Jo EdD, MSN, NP-C, FAAN, FAANP, Editor

Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners: March 2018 - Volume 30 - Issue 3 - p 117–119
doi: 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000026
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Storm preparedness and recovery has shown much improvement since Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana in 2005, during which more than 1,000 people died. The floodwaters did not recede for weeks. The purpose of this article is to provide readers with information on the lived experience of a nurse practitioner during Hurricane Katrina. Health care providers are not immune from the life-changing effects of a disaster. Readers are provided resources to access disaster preparedness information.

Daughters of Charity Family Practice and Pediatrics, Kenner, Louisiana; Children's Hospital of New Orleans After Hours, Metairie, Louisiana.

Correspondence: Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, Daughters of Charity3715 Williams Blvd, Suite 220, Kenner, LA 70065. Tel: 504-258-3799; E-mail:

Competing interests: The author reports no conflicts of interest.

Received November 01, 2017

Accepted January 09, 2018

© 2018 American Association of Nurse Practitioners
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