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Part II: collaborative learning in community health nursing for emergency preparedness
Nurse Education in Practice (2015)
  • Janice Hensarling
  • Dell Connor
  • Jennifer Chilton
  • Rebecca Fountain, University of Texas at Tyler
  • Dr. Belinda J. Deal, University of Texas at Tyler
  • Linda Klotz
  • Danita Alfred
This article presents a collaborative disaster simulation in multiple communities that served as a clinical experience for nursing students from two universities in Southern Texas. With the history of occurrences of life altering disasters members of all communities have become familiar with the devastation that can occur. It seems that everyone wants to know what they can do, how they can prepare, and how they can help others in a disaster situation. Nurses should be front-runners in developing plans for preparation before disasters occur. Nursing students should be given the opportunity to gain first-hand experience navigating through a disaster simulation as part of their nursing education clinical experiences. A collaborative disaster simulation, based on the International Council of Nurses (ICN) framework as a clinical experience, should assist nursing students to build confidence in their knowledge level, develop critical thinking skills, apply principles of evidence based practice, and prepare them to be a part of a community disaster relief team. They should also learn to prioritize their care to patients in a disaster situation to do what is most appropriate for the patient and the community.
  • Disaster,
  • Simulation,
  • Collaboration,
  • Nursing Education,
  • Emergency preparedness
Publication Date
January, 2015
Publisher Statement
First published in Nurse Education in Practice.
Citation Information
Janice Hensarling, Dell Connor, Jennifer Chilton, Rebecca Fountain, et al.. "Part II: collaborative learning in community health nursing for emergency preparedness" Nurse Education in Practice Vol. 15 Iss. 1 (2015)
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