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Title: Nurse Administrators’ Roles for Nurse Retention when Radioactive Disaster occurs: Findings from Nurses’ Evacuation Consideration and Evacuation after the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident
Authors: Oto, Minoru
Yamada, Chieri
Affiliation: 先端臨床研究センター
Source title: International Journal of Nursing Education
Volume: 15
Issue: 3
Start page: 44
End page: 52
Issue Date: 25-Jul-2023
Abstract: Background: In 2011, a nuclear accident severely affected many hospitals in Fukushima. Many nurses faced a dilemma of whether to evacuate voluntarily or keep working. This study examined the voluntary evacuation and returning of nurses and then suggested how nurse administrators can prepare for such situations. Methods: The study was conducted from July through September 2018. Eight hundred nurses who had been working prior to the incident in three hospitals in Koriyama and Aizuwakamatsu participated. Although both cities had higher-than-normal terrestrial radiation levels, Koriyama's level was three times higher. An anonymous questionnaire was administered, and individual interviews were conducted with participants. For statistical analyses, SPSS Statistics for Windows, version 25.0, was used. Results: Ultimately, 723 questionnaires were collected. The proportions of those who considered evacuating (33.1%) and who evacuated (8.1%) were significantly higher in Koriyama. The characteristics of the group who considered evacuation were being pregnant, living with an adult cohabitant, and/or living with small child (ren). The evacuated nurses were all female and had similar characteristics as the group that considered evacuating; however, the age of their children was not related. Four out of six interviewees contacted nurse administrators and/or colleagues and overcame their feelings of guilt when their superiors and colleagues welcomed them back to work. Conclusion: Nurse administrators should understand that, when a radioactive disaster occurs, individuals who are more likely to consider evacuation have conflicts between their personal life and professional responsibilities. Nursing departments should inform nurses of their policies in advance and respect individuals' decision to leave, supporting them when they return to work. Departments should also have a plan in place for managing with a temporarily reduced workforce.
Publisher: Institute of Medico-legal publications
language: eng
URI: http://ir.fmu.ac.jp/dspace/handle/123456789/2196
Full text URL: http://ir.fmu.ac.jp/dspace/bitstream/123456789/2196/1/IntJNursEduc_15_p44.pdf
ISSN: 0974-9349
DOI: 10.37506/ijone.v15i3.19571
Related Page: https://doi.org/10.37506/ijone.v15i3.19571
Rights: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Rights: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
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