Hurricane Season—Are You Ready?

by: Lavonne Adams, PhD, RN, CCRN How ready are you for a hurricane? Even if you don’t live along the coast, you are not immune to hurricane effects, since remnants of major storms can produce widespread damage from heavy rain, flooding, and tornadoes. Such conditions pose risks to health and safety, so prior preparation is crucial. … Continue reading Hurricane Season—Are You Ready?

Disaster Preparedness and the Difference Health Care Providers Can Make

by: Charleen C. McNeill, PhD, MSN, RN The United States (US) approach to managing risks associated with disasters has historically relied on governmental intervention (FEMA, 2011).  However, population shifts, the growing number of people living with chronic conditions and/or disabilities, and the growing number of older citizens living independently have forced a change in the focus … Continue reading Disaster Preparedness and the Difference Health Care Providers Can Make

Preparing Your Community for Power Outages

As nurses interested in preparing your family, friends and communities for disasters, it is important to remind others of some key actions to take to prepare for the most likely events. As we move to the summer months, powerful storms are likely across the nation. There are some key teaching elements to share with others … Continue reading Preparing Your Community for Power Outages

Guiding Disaster Training Using the ICN Disaster Competencies

Nurses who volunteer to be disaster responders need education and training founded in disaster nurse competencies. The International Council of Nursing Framework of Disaster Nurse Competencies (FDNC; Dorsey, 2009), edited by the World Health Organization and the International Council of Nursing, should be considered as a guide in the education and practice of volunteer disaster … Continue reading Guiding Disaster Training Using the ICN Disaster Competencies

Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action promotes the field of Disaster Nursing

The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action has posted two compelling articles and a must-see YouTube video featuring Tener Goodwin Veenema, Phd, RN FAAN, an expert on disaster nursing and co-founder of the Society for the Advancement of Disaster Nursing. Dr Veenema is also prominently mentioned in both articles. The Future of Nursing: Campaign for … Continue reading Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action promotes the field of Disaster Nursing

Disaster Health and Sheltering Course for Nursing Students

The Disaster Health and Sheltering course is a two-part awareness level course designed to engage nursing students in health volunteerism during disaster operations. The course is hosted on the website of Disaster Resistant Communities Group (DRCG) in Tallahassee, Florida. Part I can be completed as an independent study or taught face-to-face in a classroom. It … Continue reading Disaster Health and Sheltering Course for Nursing Students

Are You Ready for a Winter Weather Emergency?

  How ready are you for a winter weather emergency? When I began to write this entry, winter had been colder than usual for much of the United States, and a massive winter storm was approaching the east coast. Such conditions pose significant danger to health and safety. I thought that it was a good … Continue reading Are You Ready for a Winter Weather Emergency?