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J Trauma Nurs. 2015 Sep-Oct;22(5):240-8; quiz E1-2. doi: 10.1097/JTN.0000000000000148.

Emergency Preparedness Education for Nurses: Core Competency Familiarity Measured Utilizing an Adapted Emergency Preparedness Information Questionnaire.

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School of Nursing, Department of Acute and Tertiary Care, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (Drs Georgino, Alexander, and Beach); and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Pittsburgh, PA (Mrs Kress).


The purpose of this project was to measure trauma nurse improvement in familiarity with emergency preparedness and disaster response core competencies as originally defined by the Emergency Preparedness Information Questionnaire after a focused educational program. An adapted version of the Emergency Preparedness Information Questionnaire was utilized to measure familiarity of nurses with core competencies pertinent to first responder capabilities. This project utilized a pre- and postsurvey descriptive design and integrated education sessions into the preexisting, mandatory "Trauma Nurse Course" at large, level I trauma center. A total of 63 nurses completed the intervention during May and September 2014 sessions. Overall, all 8 competencies demonstrated significant (P < .001; 98% confidence interval) improvements in familiarity. In conclusion, this pilot quality improvement project demonstrated a unique approach to educating nurses to be more ready and comfortable when treating victims of a disaster.

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