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Preparing nurses to work in Ebola treatment centres in Sierra Leone

Preparing nurses to work in Ebola treatment centres in Sierra Leone

British Journal of Nursing 24(3): 168-172

The current Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa has initiated the request for local and international healthcare workers, including doctors, nurses and healthcare assistants to volunteer to care for patients in Ebola treatment centres. However, there is limited literature available to prepare healthcare workers for this task. There can be reluctance for healthcare workers to volunteer because of fear of the disease. This paper reviews the literature and captures the author's own experience of working in a treatment centre in Sierra Leone. It is hoped that this paper will inform healthcare workers considering deployment to West Africa to work in a treatment centre.

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DOI: 10.12968/bjon.2015.24.3.168

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