Medical staff and healthcare providers are always involved in earthquakes; therefore, the aim of this study was to explore the experience of nurses in dealing with critical events and natural disasters. A qualitative study was conducted by semi-structured interviews with 12 medical staff. Data were analyzed by qualitative analysis hermeneutic approach. Four categories were developed as follows: “confusion,” “coercion,” “psychological disturbance,” and “wasting of resources.” The categories led to the development of the main theme of “miss management.” Earthquakes are considered serious challenges for nurses and health professionals involved in such disasters. It will culminate in dire consequences including physical, mental, and psychological damage as well as high mortality rate among people and healthcare providers.


disasters, earthquakes, qualitative study, nurses

Author Bio(s)

Ali Hasanpour Dehkordi (Corresponding author) is with the Social Determinants of Health Research Center, School of Allied Medical Sciences, Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences, Shahrekord, Iran. Please direct correspondence to alihassanpourdehkordi@gmail.com.

Shahriar Salehi Tali is with the Departments of Medical-Surgical Nursing, Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences, Shahrekord, Iran. Please direct correspondence to sh_salehitali@yahoo.com.

Reza Ganeigheshlagh is with the Spiritual Health Research Center, Research Institute for Health Development, Kurdistan University of Medical Sciences, Sanandaj, Iran. Please direct correspondence to rezaghanei30@gmail.com.


The researchers thank the people and nurses who helped with this project.

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