The County of Los Angeles is at high risk for various forms of disasters and public health emergencies including: earthquakes, fires, floods and mass infectious disease outbreaks. County of Los Angeles public health nurses will be expected to respond in a disaster. Although core disaster competencies do exist, few existing studies address exactly which skills should be included when training public health nurses for disasters. The purpose of the project was to assess the disaster preparedness educational and technical needs of County of Los Angeles public health nurses and devise a multimodule curriculum which encompasses the necessary nursing information and skills needed to competently perform disaster response. A needs assessment was devised and administered to gather data regarding what basic nursing skills public health nurses routinely perform and to assess comfort and confidence level with various basic emergency response skills. Respondents were less than confident with various basic nursing skills necessary for disaster response. A multi-module basic nursing skills curriculum was developed.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Nursing, Public health|
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