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Preparing for disasters: Education and management strategies explored
Nurse Education in Practice (2015)
  • Danita Alfred, College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Jenifer Chilton, College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Della Connor
  • Belinda Deal, College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Rebecca Fountain, College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Janice Hensarling
  • Linda Klotz
During the last half of the 20th century, the focus of nursing changed from home and field to high-tech clinics and hospitals. Nursing in the absence of technology due to man-made or natural disasters almost disappeared from the curriculum of many nursing schools. Numerous disaster events and threats in the early 21st century caused educators and practitioners to increase the emphasis on disaster nursing and those principles that guide the nurse's practice in response to disasters. This article chronicles tools used by nurse educators to integrate disaster nursing into the didactic and clinical experiences of baccalaureate nursing students. We represent two nursing schools about 90 miles apart that collaborated to provide students with practical application of disaster nursing concepts. Part 1: An educational journey toward disaster nursing competencies: A curriculum in action provides an overview of the curricular tools used to insure adequate coverage of disaster nursing concepts across the curriculum. Part 2: Collaborative learning in Community Health Nursing for emergency preparedness relates the steps taken to plan, implement, and evaluate two different collaborative disaster simulation events. In this manuscript we have attempted transparency so that others can learn from our successes and our failures.
  • Education,
  • Nursing,
  • Nursing Education
Publication Date
January 1, 2015
Citation Information
Danita Alfred, Jenifer Chilton, Della Connor, Belinda Deal, et al.. "Preparing for disasters: Education and management strategies explored" Nurse Education in Practice Vol. 15 Iss. 1 (2015) p. 82 - 89
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