The Role Of Nurses And Health Care For Pregnant Women

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The Role of the Nurse in Emergency Preparedness Malorie Braley, Kayli Clay, Arianna Gutierrez and Margaret Ideler Sam Houston State University The Role of the Nurse in Emergency Preparedness Introduction Nurses serve an important role in emergency preparedness on all levels through planning, community and consumer education, and direct care provided to those in need when disaster strikes. Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) focuses on the specific population of mothers and their infants because of the special needs that this vulnerable population may need in an emergency. The role of the nurse in emergency preparedness demonstrates that during a disaster, the nurse is to address the needs of…show more content…
The researchers used a questionnaire based on the Health Belief Model (HBM) which was developed to assess individual’s perception of susceptibility to illness, severity of illness, costs and benefits of action, and cues to action. Data was collected from 177 New Jersey nurses, attending an emergency care conference, using a 56 question survey. The results were analyzed and compiled into 5 different tables in regards to the susceptibility, role, knowledge and experience of nursing in disaster preparedness and response. A strength of the study was that 79% of the nurses who completed the survey were special certified and 70.5% of the respondents have more than 10 years of experience in emergency nursing. This allowed for the researchers to gather information that was accurate and actually pertained to the population. There were several limitations of the study including, the small sample size and potential demographic bias. All of the nurses that completed the survey live and work in the New York or New Jersey area and based on the 9/11 attacks the respondents might have different attitudes towards disaster response than do nurses from other parts of the United States (Whetzel et al., 2013). The second supporting article, “Development and evaluation of ‘disaster preparedness’ educational programme for pregnant women” (Yasunari, Nozawa,
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