Emergency nurse perceptions of individual and facility emergency preparedness

J Emerg Nurs. 2013 Jan;39(1):46-52. doi: 10.1016/j.jen.2011.08.005. Epub 2011 Oct 1.


Introduction: Disasters of any variety can occur at any given moment. Emergency departments are at the forefront of the response system, serving as the gateway to the most appropriate care of victims. The intent of the survey described in this article was to assess nurses' perception of their role in a disaster and their perceived susceptibility to a disaster. In addition, basic knowledge and role preparation was reviewed.

Methods: A descriptive survey using survey methodology was utilized. The 56-question survey, including 16 demographic questions, was developed for the purpose of this study.

Results: The results reflect that many emergency nurses have not taken basic actions to prepare themselves for a disaster, either personally or professionally.

Discussion: This article highlights the importance of disaster education geared to the needs of the emergency nurse.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Civil Defense
  • Decontamination
  • Disaster Planning*
  • Emergency Nursing*
  • Humans
  • Nurse's Role*
  • Triage