Public Health Nursing Disaster Preparedness

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Introduction:
The nurse is often a first responder in a natural or man-made disaster. It is therefore important to understand the role of a nurse, the chain of command, the communication protocol, and the available resources for handling an incident.
Task:
After completing the simulation, write an essay (suggested length of 3–4 pages) in which you do the following:
A. Explain the role of the major public health personnel, including the public health nurse, involved in the disaster.,
B. Describe the chain of command that was used in the simulation for the community health nurse.,
C. Discuss the resources available to the community health nurse to deal with situations outside the nurse’s scope of practice.,
D. Describe actions taken by the community health nurse when encountered with possible emergency situations during the door-to-door interviews.,
E. Describe actions taken by the community health nurse to help the people who were interviewed cope with the situations after the flooding.,
1. Discuss techniques that were used or could have been used to calm the fears of the people interviewed.,
F. Discuss how other nursing personnel could be prepared to help in responding to a similar emergency with a much larger affected area (e.g., the effect of Hurricane Katrina).
G. When you use sources, include all in-text citations and references in APA format.
Note: When bulleted points are present in the task prompt, the level of detail or support called for in the rubric refers to those bulleted points.
Note: For definitions of terms commonly used in the rubric, see the Rubric Terms web link included in the Evaluation Procedures section.
Note: When using sources to support ideas and elements in a paper or project, the submission MUST include APA formatted in-text citations with a corresponding reference list for any direct quotes or paraphrasing. It is not necessary to list sources that were consulted if they have not been quoted or paraphrased in the text of the paper or project.
Note: No more than a combined total of 30% of a submission can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from sources, even if cited correctly. For tips on using APA style, please refer to the APA Handout web link included in the APA Guidelines section.
Scenario: Disaster in Franklin County
Web Link: http://sph.umn.edu/ce/online/
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