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Nurses must discuss avian 'flu pandemic.

During recent discussions with colleagues, the impact of avian (bird) 'flu has become very topical. Recent updates and information about avian 'flu have been made available on Ministry of Health websites and through newspaper articles. But many questions remain unanswered. Are nurses prepared for the impact of the likely avian 'flu pandemic on our society? How many nurses have been or are involved in the actual planning for managing the pandemic? Will there be adequate resourcing to manage the pandemic and how well protected will frontline nurses be?

How many nurses have considered their personal dilemmas, ie responsibility to their own family needs vs employment obligations? Will nurses be quarantined on hospital sites and how well will they be looked after? What liaison is there between NZNO and district health boards on these matters?

It would be great to have open, ongoing discussion regarding the pandemic and its impact on nursing.

Jane Pierce, RN, ADN, BN, Timaru

Co-editors note: Further information on this topic can be found on p22-23 of this issue.
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Title Annotation:LETTERS
Author:Pierce, Jane
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Sep 1, 2005
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