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Prehosp Disaster Med. 2015 Dec;30(6):548-52. doi: 10.1017/S1049023X1500521X. Epub 2015 Oct 21.

Hospital Nurses' Competencies in Disaster Situations: A Qualitative Study in the South of Brazil.

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1Universidade Estadual de Santa Catarina,Chapecó,Santa Catarina,Brazil.
2
2Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul,Porto Alegre,Rio Grande do Sul,Brazil.

Abstract

Introduction Hospital nurses play a key role in the aftermath of the occurrence of disasters and need specific competencies to work in these situations. From a global perspective, few models exist that focus on disaster nursing.

PROBLEM:

This study aimed to identify hospital nurses' competencies in disaster situations.

METHOD:

A qualitative, descriptive, exploratory study was developed using focus groups as a method of data collection. Three meetings were held from June through September 2012 with nurses who worked at a hospital used as reference for disaster situations in the South of Brazil. Thematic analysis of collected data generated the competencies. For statement standardization, a format consistent with a verb, a noun, and a complement was adopted.

RESULTS:

The group validated 17 competencies, which were organized according to the phases of emergency management described by the World Health Organization (WHO) and classified in domain areas of management, health care, communication, and education.

CONCLUSIONS:

The competencies identified in this study can contribute to the education and practice of nurses in the hospital ambience, strengthening its capacity to face disaster situations.

KEYWORDS:

WHO World Health Organization; disasters; nursing; professional competencies

PMID:
26487086
DOI:
10.1017/S1049023X1500521X
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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