Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response

Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response

Week 3 Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response
Resources Media

Course Media:Family, Community, and Population-Based Care

  • Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response in Community Health Nursing” featuring Ms. Joan Marren, Dr. George DiFerdinando, and Dr. Fernando Guerra


Course Text:Public Health Nursing: Population-Centered Health Care in the Community

  • Chapter 23, “Public Health Nursing and the Disaster Management Cycle”
  • Chapter 24, “Public Health Surveillance and Outbreak Investigation”
  • Chapter 13, “Infectious Disease Prevention and Control”


  • O’Boyle, C., Robertson, C., & Secor-Turner, M. (2006). Public health emergencies: nurses’ recommendations for effective actions.AAOHN Journal, 54(8), 347–353.
  • Richard, J., & Grimes, D. (2008). Bioterrorism: Class A agents and their potential presentations in immunocompromised patients.Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 12(2), 295-302.

Optional Resources are listed in the Week 3 Learning Resources area.

Threaded Discussion There is no Discussion this week.
Application Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response

Select a disaster that could happen in your community. Then, write a 3- to 4-page paper outlining the following:

  • The disaster
  • How the professional nurse would use clinical judgment and decision-making skills to provide appropriate nursing care
  • Other health care professionals that may be involved in a response
  • Suggest strategies for improving your community’s response to your identified disaster

Due byDay 7.

Virtual Practicum Team Discussion Practicum Activities 3: Consider Levels of Prevention
This week your instructor has assigned you to consider the levels of prevention used in the community health setting. The three levels are primary, secondary, and tertiary. What do these terms mean? Briefly stated, prevention is about taking action to prevent or minimize the occurrence of an event. Read about levels of prevention on page 192 of your textbook. To improve population health, the community nurse carries out her work sequentially and simultaneously at all levels of prevention.

Also, as you continue to work on collecting health data. Consider contacting your local community health department this week to find out how they involved in addressing your problem. See what you can uncover. Also, collaborating with other health care professionals, including your team members, will assist you to gain a fuller understanding of both your issue and your chosen population.

Please address the following:

  • Think about the three levels of prevention and how they relate to your population group’s health problem.
  • Provide three examples of health interventions, one for each level of prevention, that are appropriate actions to take regarding your population’s problem.

Post your response to this Discussion byDay 5. Re

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