Disaster response network. Nurses’ competence within the redcross and red crescent: disaster preparedness and response
2012 (English)In: Conference book of abstract, Denmark, 2012Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Introduction: Nursing education within the Red Cross/Red Crescent (RCRC) Movement was initiated already in the late 19th century as a response to situations of war and disasters. In a previous study we have shown that more than 50% of the RCRC National Societies consider nurses competence to be important for disasterpreparedness and disaster response. The aim of the current research project was to conduct a globalbase-line survey of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Nursing Education Institutions.MethodsThe data derives from an on-going study where a questionnaire has been sent to the existing RCRCNursing Education Institution in 30 countries from Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East and South America.The survey includes questions in the following areas: History of Nursing Education, Administration ofNursing Education, Partnership and Cooperation.Results and conclusionsPreliminary results indicate that RCRC Nursing Education Institutions have a very long tradition andknowledge in teaching disaster preparedness and response, as they over time have emerged and developed in relation to disasters and armed conflicts. Nurses within the RCRC movement get unique experiences through their work as international delegates in disaster prone areas/armed conflicts. Among the Nursing Education Institutions, the Japanese Red Cross Nursing Schools stands out in terms of giving significantly more education in national as well as international disaster preparedness and response. Although some countries are performing on a relatively high level in providing education indisaster nursing, there is room for improvement. Belonging to the unique global network of National Societies, Nursing Education Institutions should focus more on education in international disasterpreparedness and response to be ready to support each other in terms of catastrophic events.
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Research subject History
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-33845ISBN: 978-87-7266-786-7OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-33845DiVA: diva2:750219
Nursing History in a Global Perspective, International Nursing History Conference in Denmark, August 9-11 2012