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Self-Assessed Emergency Readiness and Training Needs of Nurses in Rural Texas
Public Health Nursing. (2010)
  • Holly E Jacobson
  • Francisco G Soto Mas
  • Chiehwen Ed Hsu
Abstract
Nurses are potential first responders in the case of an emergency, and should play a key role in bioterrorism preparedness and response. The role of nurses becomes more critical in rural areas where local health departments are absent and health professionals are scarce. Given that nurses’ capacity to act will be vital to an emergency response in a rural community, it is imperative to determine their current level of bioterrorism training. The purpose of this study was to assess the level of bioterrorism-related preparedness and training needs of the nursing workforce in Regions 2 and 3 of the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS). Data was collected through a mailed survey. A total of 941 nurses completed the survey. Results indicate that the majority of respondents have had limited participation in emergency and bioterrorism preparedness and response training. The results also indicate that the level of training has dramatically increased since 9/11/01. Less than 10% of respondents were confident in their ability to participate in bioterrorism-related events, although the majority wanted to receive additional information or materials on bioterrorism. More than 69% wanted to be informed of future training opportunities. However, only about 30% reported willingness to collaborate with local authorities in bioterrorism-related activities. The results of this study provide insights into the bioterrorism-related training needs and preferences of nurses. Additional research must be conducted to determine whether current state efforts are effective in engaging nurses and other health care providers in bioterrorism preparedness and response. PMID: 20055967
Keywords
  • Nurses,
  • survey,
  • public health preparedness and response,
  • gis
Publication Date
Spring January, 2010
Citation Information
Holly E Jacobson, Francisco G Soto Mas and Chiehwen Ed Hsu. "Self-Assessed Emergency Readiness and Training Needs of Nurses in Rural Texas" Public Health Nursing. Vol. 27 Iss. 1 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/fsotomas/2/