A structured interview containing nine personal questions and 19 items related to psychological reactions of nurses in disaster was given to 27 registered nurses who worked in Corpus Christi, Texas, during Hurricane Celia in August 1970. The average nurse had had disaster nursing training, held a diploma, and was employed by a hospital. Major stresses for the nurses during the disaster were found to be excessive physical demands and concern for their own and their patients' safety. Most of the nurses (16 or 59 percent) coped with their anxiety while on duty. Sixteen nurses also suggested more disaster workshops or courses on disaster nursing would be beneficial.
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