Uniformed service nurses' experiences with the severe acute respiratory syndrome outbreak and response in Taiwan

Nurs Clin North Am. 2010 Jun;45(2):179-91. doi: 10.1016/j.cnur.2010.02.008.


Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) had an enormous effect on Taiwan's public health and the nation's economy. To prevent the spread of the epidemic, the government implemented strategies and measures for the control of the epidemic. The Ministry of National Defense also fully supported epidemic prevention by mobilizing all necessary human and material resources. Under the plan executed by the Ministry of National Defense, the SongShan Armed Forces Hospital became Taiwan's first hospital dedicated exclusively for the treatment of patients with SARS. Uniformed Service Nurses' devoted to caring for patients with SARS during the outbreak made significant contributions to the prevention and control of SARS.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Burnout, Professional / prevention & control
  • Burnout, Professional / psychology
  • Cross Infection / nursing
  • Disease Outbreaks / prevention & control
  • Disease Outbreaks / statistics & numerical data
  • Emotions
  • Hospitals, Military
  • Humans
  • Infection Control
  • Military Nursing / education
  • Military Nursing / organization & administration*
  • National Health Programs
  • Nurse's Role / psychology*
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / education
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / organization & administration
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / psychology*
  • Problem Solving
  • Self Care
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome / epidemiology
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome / nursing*
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome / prevention & control
  • Social Support
  • Taiwan / epidemiology