Committed to Working for the Community: Experiences of a Public Health Nurse in a Remote Area During the Great East Japan Earthquake

Mari Sato, Fumi Atogami, Yasuka Nakamura, Yuko Kusaka, Toyoko Yoshizawa

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Abstract

We examined the experiences of a public health nurse (PHN) in a rural area affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. We used an ethnographic method to obtain in-depth information about her experiences, from which six themes were developed. The PHN risked her life to protect members of the community, but she remained anxious to see her own young children as soon as possible. Nevertheless, she was strongly committed to helping community members and continued to work for them. We suggest creating a practical system to allow PHNs to obtain information about the safety of their own families during a disaster.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1224-1238
Number of pages15
JournalHealth Care for Women International
Volume36
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Nov 2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions(all)

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