Preparedness In Nursing

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There are a few research studies and related pieces of literature that concerns disaster preparedness of nurses. This important due to the fact that nurses is a big chunk in health workforce. Moreover, nurses are considerably the first-line health professionals in giving health care services. As such in times of disaster, preparedness on a personal and professional level is important. As a result, it will enable nurses not only to ensure safety, health and well-being of their client or patients but also themselves. UNIDSR (2009) defined disaster as a serious disruption of the functioning of a community or a society involving widespread human, material, economic or environmental losses and impacts, which exceeds the ability of the affected…show more content…
Based on the findings, most of the participants (64.5%) were aged 30 - 39 years old. 84% of the cases were female and 97.3% had a bachelor’s degree. The average perceived knowledge of nurses was 2.43 ± 1.01. The nurses had the highest familiarity with triage and lowest knowledge in epidemiology and decision-making. In this study, it is clear that with the same academic conditioning still learning by experience and competency-based training or seminar are some measures of reinforcement. Also, it provides a proposition that competence in disaster preparedness among nurses may vary from institutional policies. Taking this at hand, it is important to determine and understand the disaster preparedness of nurses in the hospital setting. In effect, policy-makers, other stakeholders, hospital administrators and nurses themselves are guided to identify inefficiencies brought about by low levels of disaster preparedness. Hence, It will be an enabling environment to provide safety and health of both nurses and their patients. Related…show more content…
(2016) in the Philippines utilizing cross-sectional study shows that there is a gap appreciating disaster nursing protocol in their own workplace. While, Romer & Hebda (2013) enumerates roles of bedside nurses during a disaster utilizing five tier triage systems. The study putted thrust on how nurses should respond in times of disaster focusing on the safety of the patient as well as the nurses’ safety. However, it has not test the level of compliance to the hospital protocol in order to assess implication to existing incident command systems. Ciottone et.al (2016) differentiating the role of nursing during preparedness and response phase of disaster management, the study emphasized that preparedness is focus on personal and professional preparedness. Where, personal preparedness constitutes familial matters other than himself. And, professional preparedness constitutes all knowledge, skills and attitude in performing duties and responsibilities under crises. Allender, Rector & Warner (2013) expounded disaster preparedness which involves a greater responsibility to the public by sharing timely and relevant information which may be utilized in disaster response; moreover, a responsibility as an advocate to stay safe and healthy in times of

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