Effect of an Intervention on Knowledge among Nurses Regarding their Role in Disaster Management: a Tertiary Care Center Study
Keywords:Disater, Nursing, Emergency, Triage
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.
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