Undergraduate baccalaureate nursing students and disaster drills
Review TypeAbstract Review Only: Reviewed by Event Host
Repository Posting Date2020-09-10T17:18:23Z
Author DetailsBonnie Smithers, MSN, RN, FNP and Monica Tenhunen, DNP, RN, GNP-BC
Lead Author Sigma AffliationIota Nu at-Large
Lead Author AffliationTexas A&M University-Commerce, Commerce, Texas, USA
Level of EvidenceCohort
Research ApproachQuantitative Research
KeywordsDisaster Drills; Nursing Students; Nursing Process; Baccalaureate Nursing Students; Nursing Education
Purpose: A tornado disaster drill was developed and implemented at a new northeast Texas baccalaureate-nursing program in 2014. The nursing department in 2015 generated another tornado disaster drill at a larger on-campus location and with more victims from both the nursing department and other healthcare related fields at the university. The purpose of this portion of the project was to obtain student feedback and reflections on the disaster drill they participated in as responders and have their input for possible adjustments to future disaster drills.
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.
Methodology: A ten-question survey was developed early in 2015. A 5-point Likert scale with categories from strongly agree to strongly disagree was used for seven of the questions. The other three questions were open-ended and allowed the respondents to provide any information they wanted for their answer. The survey was sent to 44 students via an online free survey platform to the students approximately three months after the disaster drill.
Findings: Fourteen members of the class of 2014 and 21 members of the class of 2015 responded to the survey. From the class of 2014, 79% agreed the disaster drill was realistic while 67% of the class of 2015 felt this way. More than three fourths of each class felt they applied the nursing process during the drill. Thirty-two of the 35 respondents felt they would use the knowledge and skills from the disaster drill in the practice as a registered nurse.
Implications for Nursing: Evaluating student feedback about the disaster drill experience provides faculty information to retain or make modifications in the drill scenario to provide the best experience for future students.
Conference NameAnswering the Call: Nursing's Global Influence
Conference LocationShreveport, Louisiana, USA
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