Effect of an Intervention on Knowledge among Nurses Regarding their Role in Disaster Management: a Tertiary Care Center Study

Authors

  • Shweta Talati
  • Mahendra Kumar
  • Sukhpal Kaur
  • Kajal Jain
  • Anil Kumar Gupta

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v15i3.15348

Keywords:

Disater, Nursing, Emergency, Triage

Abstract

Background: A disaster is an incident that can cause massive damage and disruption to normal life. Nurses
being the largest workforce of the health care system has an important role to play in each phase of a disaster.
Nurses’ role in disaster management in hospitals is a topic that has not been exhaustively researched. It is
prudent to inquire about nurses’ intent to respond to disasters, as the capacity of hospitals firstly depends on
the number of nurses available during disasters.
Method: The study was a pre-test post-test research design and conducted at a tertiary care center in North
India. A total of 150 nurses were enrolled in the study and a one-day workshop intervention was given to
evaluate the effectiveness of a training program on knowledge and their role in disaster management.
Results: The intervention was found effective and baseline knowledge of nurses improves significantly. The
study indicated the importance of improving nurse’s knowledge about disaster management.
Conclusion: The result shows a lack of education and needs for preparing nurses for disaster response.
Workshop intervention method of training nurses is useful and effective.

Author Biographies

Shweta Talati

Associate Professor, Department of Hospital Administration, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and
Research, Chandigarh

Mahendra Kumar

Stroke Coordinator, Nursing Officer, PGIMER, Chandigarh

Sukhpal Kaur

Lecturer, National Institute
of Nursing Education,

Kajal Jain

Professor, Dept. of Anesthesiology and Critical care, PGIMER, Chandigarh

Anil Kumar Gupta

Professor
and Head Department of Hospital Administration and Medical Superintendent, Post Graduate Institute of Medical
Education and Research, Chandigarh

Published

2021-05-17

How to Cite

Shweta Talati, Mahendra Kumar, Sukhpal Kaur, Kajal Jain, & Anil Kumar Gupta. (2021). Effect of an Intervention on Knowledge among Nurses Regarding their Role in Disaster Management: a Tertiary Care Center Study. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 15(3), 464-473. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v15i3.15348