Preparing for disasters: Education and management strategies explored

Danita Alfred, Jenifer Chilton, Della Connor, Belinda Deal, Rebecca Fountain, Janice Hensarling, Linda Klotz

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In the latter half of the 20th century, nursing shifted focus from home-based and field care to high-tech clinical settings, sidelining disaster nursing education in many nursing schools. However, due to several disaster events and threats in the early 21st century, the emphasis on disaster nursing has been rejuvenated. This article outlines the efforts by two collaborating nursing schools located 90 miles apart to integrate disaster nursing education into the curriculum of baccalaureate nursing students. Part 1 details the curricular tools used to ensure comprehensive coverage of disaster nursing concepts. Part 2 discusses the planning, execution, and evaluation of two collaborative disaster simulation events aimed at providing practical exposure to disaster nursing concepts. The manuscript shares the successes and failures transparently to offer a learning resource for others interested in similar educational endeavors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-89
Number of pages8
JournalNurse Education in Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

ASJC Scopus Subject Areas

  • General Nursing
  • Education


  • Disaster nursing
  • Disaster simulation
  • Nursing education

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