Disaster preparedness for undergraduate baccalaureate nursing students
Review TypeAbstract Review Only: Reviewed by Event Host
Repository Posting Date2020-09-08T20:41:45Z
Author DetailsBonnie L. Smithers, MSN, RN, FNP-C and Monica L. Tenhunen, DNP, RN, GNP-BC
Lead Author Sigma AffliationIota Nu at-Large
Lead Author AffliationTexas A&M University-Commerce, Commerce, Texas, USA
Level of EvidenceLiterature Review
Purpose: The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice state that graduates should be able to use clinical judgment and make decisions during disaster situations. All nurses need training in emergency preparedness and this should occur during their initial nursing education program declares the International Council of Nurses. The American Nurses Association supports nurses being competent to respond to disasters and provide care.
The government of the United States has a national preparedness goal to improve capacity to respond to incidents. Additionally, the United Nations has an international day for disaster reduction that occurs yearly on October 13.
Faculty at Texas A&M University-Commerce Nursing Department decided to develop a disaster drill for the senior community health clinical nursing students to take place during October 2014.
Methodology: A review of the literature was completed using terms “disaster drill,” “disaster preparedness,” and “undergraduate nursing” from 2008-2014. A total of twelve articles and five resources were identified. The references for these were reviewed for other relevant articles. Seventeen articles that applied to the identified population and content were reviewed.
Findings: There is limited evidence regarding disaster preparedness for undergraduate nursing students. Studies on registered nurses indicated that nurses felt the content was important and most had not received any education or training during their nursing program. Faculty primarily supported having disaster preparedness in the undergraduate curriculum. Students that participated in drills felt it was useful and they used the knowledge and skills they had received during their nursing program. There are no uniform competencies for preparing for a disaster drill and methods of providing the experience to students are varied.
Implications for Nursing: Further research is needed on disaster drills for undergraduate baccalaureate nursing students. A challenge is determining the best practice for content to be included in the experience. In addition, the method of presenting the experience to the students needs to be evaluated.
Conference NameNursing Excellence: Local Service-Global Impact
Conference LocationShreveport, Louisiana, USA
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