Disaster preparedness and response: Implications for public health nurses

Andrea Jennings-Sanders, Dr.PH, RN


Disasters are becoming more of an integral aspect of life in the United States and in other countries. Public health nurses are in the forefront of providing health services to people affected by disasters. Thus, it is essential that all public health nurses have access to information that will assist them in disaster situations. The purpose of this paper is to illustrate how the Framework for Public Health Nurses: Interventions Model can be utilized for planning and responding to disasters. The interventions in the model are directly applicable to disaster situations and, in addition, raise questions on issues that need to be addressed by local, state, and federal public health officials.


Public health nurses, disaster situations, disaster nursing

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5055/jem.2006.0021


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