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Although training and education have long been accepted as integral did not base nor standardized, the need for effective evidence based disaster training of healthcare staff at all levels. The role of nurses during disasters has expanded from simply caring for the sick and injured to development of the ability to react to a disaster in terms of preparedness, mitigation, response, recovery and evaluation. Nurses need to have the knowledge and skills to employ an effective approach to respond to critical situations. Nurses’ knowledge, attitudes, practices and familiarity regarding disaster and emergency preparedness are examined in current research.
Lead Fatma A Ibrahim who conducted the research in 252 of nurses. The study participants' were technical nurses worked in different healthcare settings up to ten years then back to the nursing college to study four to five complementary semesters to obtain bachelor nursing degree. The knowledge, attitudes, practices and familiarity regarding disaster and emergency preparedness were examined.
Fatma said "lack of knowledge observed, accepted attitudes, below average practice level and neutral familiarity level. The research indicated a need for strategies developed for nurses to improve their knowledge, attitudes and practice". Also, she recommended paramount for health administrators to conduct disaster-related education/ training for front-liners such as emergency and community health nurses to improve their knowledge and practice towards disaster management".
A crucial first step toward designing well written, comprehensive, emergency preparedness curricula is to assess training needs. Additional studies using the revised EPIQ should provide data to assist nurse educators in the development of competency-based, relevant, emergency preparedness curricula.
A paper about the study published in American Journal of Nursing Science. Vol. 3, No. 2, 2014, pp. 18-25. doi: 10.11648/j.ajns.20140302.12.