Nurses as Leaders in Disaster Preparedness and Response—A Call to Action

Tener Goodwin Veenema, PhD, MPH, MS, RN, FAAN1, Anne Griffin, MPH, BSN, RN, CNOR2, Alicia R. Gable, MPH3, Linda MacIntyre, PhD, RN4, RADM Nadine Simons, MS, RN5, Mary Pat Couig, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN6, John J. Walsh Jr., MS7, Roberta Proffitt Lavin, PhD, APRN-BC8, Aram Dobalian, PhD, JD9, & Elaine Larson, PhD, RN, FAAN, CIC10



Purpose: To develop a vision for the future of disaster nursing, identify barri- ers and facilitators to achieving the vision, and develop recommendations for nursing practice, education, policy, and research.

Findings: The group developed a vision for the future of disaster nursing, and identified current barriers and opportunities to advance professional disaster nursing. A broad array of recommendations for nursing practice, education, policy, and research, as well as implementation challenges, are summarized in this article.

Conclusions: This project represents an important step toward enhancing nurses’ roles as leaders, educators, responders, policymakers, and researchers in disaster preparedness and response. Nurses and the health and human service organizations that employ them are encouraged to engage in an expansive national dialogue regarding how to best incorporate the vision and recommendations into their individual lives and the organizations for which they work.

Clinical Relevance: Nurses comprise the largest healthcare workforce, and opportunities exist to strengthen disaster readiness, enhance national surge capacity, and build community resiliency to disasters.



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