National disaster preparedness and emergency response of nurses in Germany: An exploratory qualitative study

Thomas Grochtdreis*, P. Schroder-Back, Niels Harenberg, Stefan Görres, Nynke de Jong

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Aim: This study aimed to explore the German nurses’ perceptions of their knowledge, roles and experience in the field of national preparedness and emergency response. Methods: An exploratory qualitative design was used with open-ended questions during semi-structured interviews with qualified nurses currently working in hospitals. The setting of the study consisted of wards of different hospitals in three northern federal states of Germany. The data analysis was done by summarizing analysis of the contents. From a convenient sample of n=31 hospitals, n=13 nurses were included in the study. Results: The median age of the participants was 45 years and 38% were female. Within the three professional socialization fields, knowledge, roles and experience, 17 themes were clustered. Conclusion: Within the themes of knowledge, role and experience in national disaster preparedness and emergency response, similarities and differences were explored in comparison to international literature.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3972
Number of pages14
JournalSouth Eastern European Journal of Public Health
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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