Preparedness and resilience of student nurses in Northern Queensland Australia for disasters

Grimes, Andrea, Sparke, Vanessa, Rouen, Christopher, and West, Caryn (2020) Preparedness and resilience of student nurses in Northern Queensland Australia for disasters. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 48. 101585.

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Preparing for a disaster helps preserve the health and welfare of all involved, collectively increasing the resilience of individuals and overall community. Nurses hold a wide range of responsibilities related to disaster preparedness and response that are vitally important in times of crisis. While the disaster preparedness of nurses has been documented in nurse practitioners and registered nurses, disaster preparedness is relatively unknown in student nurses. This study measured disaster preparedness and resilience in a cohort of 66 2nd and 3rd year nursing students from James Cook University, Australia utilising the Disaster Preparedness and Evaluation Tool and the 10 point Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale. The student nurses demonstrated a lack of knowledge surrounding disaster preparedness but a willingness to contribute time and their limited skills in a disaster setting. Their resilience score was similar to that of other published results. No correlation between disaster preparedness and resilience was identified. This study suggests that while student nurses have the willingness to participant in disaster preparedness and response, they do not believe they possess the necessary skillset or knowledge. Suitable disaster orientated education may increase the ability of student nurses to assist in crisis situations.

Item ID: 62656
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2212-4209
Keywords: nursing, disaster, preparedness, resilience, education
Copyright Information: © 2020 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. In accordance with the publisher's policies, the Author Accepted Manuscript of this publication is available Open Access from ResearchOnline@JCU from 27 March 2022, under a Creative Commons Non Commerical, No Derivatives works license.
Funders: Northern Queensland Primary Health Network
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2020 19:46
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