Emergency Preparedness for Every Emergency

Check out the CMS website which provides numerous resources and guidelines related to emergency preparedness in the United States

Below is a sample of what you will find on the website:


Enable Federal, State, Tribal, Regional, and local governmental agencies, and health care providers to respond to every emergency in a timely, collaborative, organized, and effective manner.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Survey and Certification Group (SCG) has developed this site to provide useful information to CMS Central and Regional Offices, State Survey Agencies (SAs), their State, Tribal, Regional, and local emergency management partners, and health care providers, for developing effective and robust emergency plans and responses.

This Web site provides information and tools, utilizing an “all hazards” approach for disruptive events such as:
• Pandemic flu (e.g., H1N1 influenza virus)
• Hurricanes
• Tornados
• Fires
• Earthquakes
• Power outages
• Chemical spills
• Nuclear or biological terrorist attack
• Etc.

This Web site provides “one-stop shopping” to obtain both mandated and voluntary emergency preparedness information and tools.

The Web site will be updated regularly to provide helpful guidance regarding issues such as:
• Clarifying the roles, responsibilities and actions of CMS Central and Regional Survey & Certification (S&C) Offices.
• Clarifying the roles, responsibilities, and actions of SAs.
• Effective emergency planning across all health care provider types to ensure the well-being of vulnerable populations – whether in long-term care, acute care, or community-based facilities — during a disruptive event.

Deadline for ARC Conference Abstracts Extended to August 31, 2017!

This year’s deadline for ARC Conference Call for Abstract submissions has been extended to August 31! Please go to http://www.arc4em.org/call-for-abstracts to learn more and to submit.

Check out the updated 3-day Joint Conference agenda, including panel session descriptions and speakers, by visiting http://www.arc4em.org/events-meetings/agenda.

2017 ARC Conference
Mark your calendar! This year’s Annual Conference—in conjunction with the National Healthcare Coalition Resource Center’s 6th Annual National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference—will be held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina on November 28-30.



Academic-Practice Partnerships Can Improve Preparedness

The United States needs a healthcare and public health workforce that possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities to respond to any disaster or public health emergency in a timely and appropriate manner. The level of readiness and willingness to participate is critical to the success of any large-scale disaster response. The role of healthcare professionals across a broad range of specialties and during all phases of a disaster should be understood as disaster competence will be critical to population outcomes. The absence of a clearly articulated vision and framework for disaster education is not without consequences. An unprepared workforce has the potential to limit the effectiveness of local, state and federal response plans, limit organization surge capacity and to negatively impact health outcomes in populations impacted by disasters.

A team of researchers from the University of Missouri – Saint Louis, Saint Louis University, and Johns Hopkins recently undertook a multi-pronged approached to identify essential educational needs and core competencies, as well as to assess the status of integration of state and local-level population focused training. Data were synthesized from in-depth discussions with key informants, review of relevant documents, guided discussions at key partner stakeholder meetings, review and abstraction from available core competencies and other government planning documents, the survey of medical, public health, and nursing programs and interviews with experts.

We developed a toolkit using a collaborative and partner-centered approach to disaster preparedness and response which is designed for interdisciplinary workforce development. We are posting all of the toolkits on https://disasternursing.org/toolkit/ and are dedicated to making them all available in the Creative Commons. The modules, curriculum, and workshop all reflect collaboration between public health and primary care. The flexible guidance will help primary care providers to apply theoretical principals during disaster response and preparedness activities with a population focus. A workforce that is continually learning and collaborative is essential to prepared communities. All are welcome to attend the workshop that is scheduled for July 27, 2017. You can register at https://disasternursing.org/events/ . The event is free, but registration is required.



The International Council of Nurses (ICN) Biennial Congress — Barcelona, Spain

Report on the International Council of Nurses (ICN) Biennial Congress in Barcelona, Spain

Mary Pat Couig, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) held its biennial Congress in Barcelona, Spain, 27 May – 1 June 2017. Founded in 1899, ICN is a federation of more than 130 national nurses associations and represents over 16 million nurses globally. ICN’s website is: http://www.icn.ch

This year’s conference theme, Nurses at the Forefront Transforming Care, provided a framework for presentations, discussions, and posters on issues affecting nurses and patient care around the globe: health care systems, sustainable health care, conflicts and disasters, safety and quality in the workplace and professional practice and innovative policies. The full program can be found at: http://www.icnbarcelona2017.com/en

On Monday 29 May, Mr. Ian Norton, Dr. Pilar Fernandez and Professor Aiko Yamamoto presented on disaster preparedness, response and resilience. Mr. Norton presented on the World Health Organization’s Emergency Medical Teams (EMT) Initiative. The EMT initiative assists organizations and member states to build infrastructure and strengthen health systems with quality approved medical teams in emergencies. This initiative is focused on helping countries develop their own teams who can respond quickly. The EMT website is: http://www.who.int/hac/techguidance/preparedness/emergency_medical_teams/en/

Professor Yamamoto provided an update on the Disaster Nursing Global Leader Degree Program, a collaborative between 5 universities in Japan. The goal of the program is to develop global disaster nursing leaders to ensure human security. Professor Yamamoto gave an overview of the past achievements and future work in the areas of long-term recovery, community-based resiliency, comprehensive family oriented approaches, disaster ethics, and new practices. More information can be found at the website: http://www.u-hyogo.ac.jp/cnas/english/dngl/

Congratulations to Ms. Annette Kennedy, ICN’s new president.


Photo: Tener Goodwin Veenema, PhD, MS, MPH, RN, FAAN and Mary Pat Couig, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN. SADN poster presentation.

Society for the Advancement of Disaster Nursing (SADN) Experts Contribute to Recent Professional Nursing Journal Publication Focused on Disaster Nursing

The recent issue of Nursing Administration Quarterly focuses on disaster preparedness and recovery and addresses a wide range of perspectives related to preparedness, nursing education, nurse leadership, informatics, and the emotional impacts on nurses who have experienced disasters.

Many of the authors of the various articles play a significant role in leading SADN efforts to advance the vision for the future of disaster nursing in the United States. This scholarly collaboration highlights the many facets related to disaster nursing and the need to continue efforts to advance research, nursing practice, education, policy, and dissemination (technology and communications) initiatives in this area.

Congratulations to the following from SADN who contributed to this important publication:

Mary Pat Couig, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN

Alicia Gable, MPH

Anne Griffin, MPH, BSN, RN

Joanne C. Langan, PhD, RN, CNE

Judith R. Katzburg, PhD, MPH, RN

Kelly A. Wolgast, DNP, RN, FACHE, FAAN

Kristine Qureshi, PhD, RN, FAAN, CEN, APHN-BC

Aram Dobalian, PhD, JD, MPH

Roberta Proffitt Lavin, PhD, RN, APRN-BC, FAAN

Tener Goodwin Veenema, PhD, RN, MS, MPH, FAAN

Brenda Baird Simpson, DNP, RN, CENP


To gain access to this important collection of articles, please visit Nursing Administration Quarterly at the following link:


April/June 2017, Vol. 41, Iss. 2 

[Issue: Volume 41(2), April/June 2017, p 99–100. Copyright: Copyright © 2017 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved. Publication Type: [Guest Editorial]. DOI: 10.1097/NAQ.0000000000000217. ISSN: 0363-9568. Accession: 00006216-201704000-00002.]

Blog Author: Kelly A. Wolgast, DNP, RN, FACHE, FAAN

VEMEC Poster Recognized by AORN

The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) recently highlighted the top five research abstracts that will be presented at AORN’s Global Surgical Conference & Expo (April 1-5 | Boston, MA) in a note entitled 5 Research Posters That Will Wow You!  Among those highlighted was VEMEC’s abstract Nurses as Leaders in Disaster Preparedness and Response – A Call to Action by lead author Anne “Belle” Griffin.  Congratulations to Anne “Belle” Griffin, a leader in the Society for the Advancement of Disaster Nursing, on this well-deserved recognition!  To read more about Belle’s abstract, the Call to Action, and VEMEC, please visit the VEMEC website.

National Disaster Nursing Leadership Meeting: Planning to Launch a New Organization

With U.S. numbers exceeding 3.1 million, registered nurses comprise the largest group of professionals in the healthcare workforce (Henry J. Kaiser Website, 2017, NACNEP (2009)). Research indicates that the nursing workforce is inadequately prepared to respond to major disasters (NACNEP (2009), Baack and Alfred (2013)). To begin addressing this capability shortfall, the Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center (VEMEC) seeks to advance the practice of disaster nursing, and in 2014 initiated a national Call to Action. As a result of VEMEC efforts, a group of subject matter experts held a series of meetings to develop a vision for the future of disaster nursing and to plan a workshop, which was attended by 70 participants, in an effort to further refine the vision and to identify the steps needed to achieve their goals (Veenema et al (2016)). Ongoing collective efforts culminated in plans to launch a new organization: Society for the Advancement of Disaster Nursing (SADN).

In December of 2016, the first national leadership planning meeting for SADN was held at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Baltimore, MD. Presentations included summaries of the work to date of the five SADN workgroups (Policy, Practice, Education, Research, and Dissemination). The keynote speaker was Sally Philips, PhD, RN, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.sallyphilips2

Keynote Sally Philips, PhD, RN

Dr. Philips provided a critical perspective on the future role of nurses in disaster preparedness, response. and recovery for the near term.

We were also privileged to hear a talk by Paul B. Spiegel, MD, MPH, Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, who gave a compelling presentation entitled ‘The Syrian Conflict and its effect on the future of Humanitarian Action’.

During the afternoon session, the meeting attendees broke into groups to develop key recommendations for SADN’s strategic plan and outline activities for each of the five SADN workgroups moving forward. Discussions also revolved around the newly forming society’s values as well as next steps, including formalizing SADN as a 501c3 nonprofit entity.dn-collage

Stay tuned for more exciting developments regarding our efforts to advance the practice of disaster nursing!


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