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(A49) Disaster Content Varies in Australian Postgraduate Tertiary Emergency Nursing Courses: Implications for Educational Preparedness

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  25 May 2011

J. Ranse
Affiliation:
Faculty of Health, Canberra, Australia
P. Arbon
Affiliation:
Adelaide, Australia
R. Shaban
Affiliation:
Brisbane, Australia
J. Considine
Affiliation:
Melbourne, Australia
B. Mitchell
Affiliation:
Melbourne, Australia
S. Lenson
Affiliation:
Canberra, Australia
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Emergency nurses have key roles in responding to healthcare disasters. Emergency nurses often complete postgraduate qualifications in their area of specialty to equip them with a breadth and depth of knowledge to respond to the challenges and complexities of emergency nursing care. However, little is known about the disaster preparedness of emergency nurses in Australia. More specifically, the educational preparedness and training for disaster nursing roles is not well understood. This purpose of this study is to describe the disaster content of Australian postgraduate tertiary emergency nursing courses as a means of better understanding emergency nurses' educational preparedness for disaster. An exploratory, descriptive approach was used to survey postgraduate tertiary emergency nursing course convenors. Data were collected from course convenors by structured telephone interview. Questions included: (1) nursing background; (2) demographics and disaster experience of course convenors; (3) course type, duration and mode of delivery; and (4) the type and amount of disaster content. Currently, 12 universities in Australia offer postgraduate courses specific to Emergency Nursing, ranging from Graduate Certificates to Masters Degree level. Of these universities, 10 participated in this research project. This presentation will report on the demographics of course convenors, including their disaster education and experience. However, the focus of the presentation will be on the review of the course content. Seven courses had some disaster content, while three had none. The disaster content in these courses varied in both content and duration. Three had learning objectives, and one had an assessment item related to disasters. Five had recent modifications relating to disaster content; this was in response to real-world events, such as terrorism and communicable diseases. This research highlights that the disaster content in Australian postgraduate emergency nursing courses varies. This finding supports the need for national consistency and supporting framework for disaster content in post-graduate courses. The 2009 Ben Morley Scholarship, a financial award sponsored by the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia, supported this research.

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Abstracts of Scientific and Invited Papers 17th World Congress for Disaster and Emergency Medicine
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Copyright © World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine 2011
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