CNHS to Host Nursing Emergency Readiness Summit

Posted: December 22, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Amy Biderman

Preparing nurses for an all-hazards emergency is the focus of a two-day summit sponsored by the College of Nursing and Health Science (CNHS), Jan. 13-14. The event takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Johnson Center’s Dewberry Hall.

The Nursing Emergency Readiness Summit brings together Washington, D.C., area nursing schools, health care providers, and public health officials to develop a plan for educating nurses as first responders in a disaster. Part of a collaboration with the George Washington University Response to Emergencies and Disasters Institute (READI), the summit is funded by a grant from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Domestic Preparedness.

“Thanks to Congressman [Frank] Wolf’s vision and support, we are proud to sponsor this important summit, which is the first of its kind,” says P.J. Maddox, CNHS professor and principal investigator of the READI project. “The summit is part of a multifaceted project that is designed to address nurses’ emergency response capabilities in this region.” The summit and educational needs assessment is being conducted by Maddox and colleagues under the first of two related grant projects in conjunction with READI.

Maddox and Ellen Dawson, CNHS associate professor and co-principal investigator for the DHS grant, note that they have received an enthusiastic response from major health care providers, federal agencies, and national experts in the health care field. More than 200 nurses—from nursing schools, hospitals and other health care providers, public health agencies, and correctional facilities—are expected to attend the event.

Following the summit, plans include:

  • evaluating the adequacy of selected course offerings to support the preparation of nurses for local emergency response roles and functions
  • developing disaster response continuing education courses for professional nurses in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area
  • working with READI colleagues to identify, develop, and teach interdisciplinary training courses and exercises for first responders under current and emerging disaster response plans for the metropolitan area

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