Week 5: Disaster and Communicable Disease Preparedness
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Preparing for disasters terrorist threats or communicable disease outbreaks is an important part of public health nursing. Visit the websiteshttp://www.ready.gov(Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.andhttp://www.ready.gov/pandemic(Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. Review the steps for being prepared for a disaster or pandemic.
Federal Emergency Management Agency. (2016).Ready: Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed. Retrieved fromhttp://www.ready.gov/(Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..
Federal Emergency Management Agency. (2016).Pandemic. Retrieved fromhttp://www.ready.gov/pandemic(Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..
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FridayJul 28 at 7:17am
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School nurseshelp the schools to prepare for disasters. In the event of a biological or chemical attack on the United States school nurses could be among the first health care professionals to recognize the event and respond. School nurses thus serve as public healthpersonnelin such events.
Additionally schools are usually spread in a geographically even pattern across communities. Most individuals in a community know where the local school is located and live close enough to get to a school building.School nurses with appropriate training/ support are a natural choice to augment public health staff in case of a bioterrorist event or natural outbreak. Therefore schools that employ adequate school nurse coverage and medical disaster planning principles are a potential critical resource in both small scale events and widespread community disasters.
Here’s a link to an article that discusses the importance of public health nurses in disaster planning
Association of Public Health Nurse (2013). The role of the public health nurse in disaster preparedness response and recovery. A position paper. Retrieved from http://www.achne.org/files/public/APHN_RoleOfPHNinDisasterPRR_FINALJan14.pdf

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