Charting a Course into the Unknown: Banda Aceh, Indonesia, Tsunami, 2004

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Abstract

TOPIC

My journey as an Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse, aboard the USNS Mercy, providing humanitarian aid to victims of the December 2004 tsunami is the focus of this paper.

PURPOSE

To offer insights about healing and recovery that I learned from my time with the victims of this disaster that may be applicable to future disaster situations.

SOURCE OF INFORMATION

The author's personal experience of being a volunteer.

CONCLUSIONS

My contributions focused on providing mental health care to victims of the tsunami as well as the development of a program of psychosocial intervention and education for children affected by the disaster.

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