ARC 2014

Call to Action: Nurses as Leaders in Disaster Preparedness & Response

On December 9, 2014, a workshop will be held on Nurses as Leaders in Disaster Preparedness and Response in conjunction with the 5th Annual Advancing and Redefining Communities (ARC) conference at The California Endowment (1000 North Alameda Street) in Los Angeles, CA.
 
Background
The devastation caused by recent disasters has led to a heightened awareness of the importance of preparedness in healthcare. The 2011 IOM/RWJF report, The Future of Nursing, Leading Change, Advancing Health brought a greater understanding of the nursing profession’s breadth and untapped potential at a time when major disasters are occurring with increasing frequency.  Nurses represent the largest segment of the US healthcare workforce, are employed in diverse settings, collaborate with a broad range of healthcare professionals, and are consistently ranked by the public as trusted sources of health information. Further, nurses are the healthcare professionals in highest demand following a disaster when care is needed. In addition to providing care on the frontlines to disaster victims, their families, and the community, nurses also assume significant leadership roles during disasters.
 
Rationale
Building on the 2011 IOM/RWJF report and the coalitions developed as part of the RWJ/AARP  Future of Nursing: Campaign to Action, this event will bring together nursing leaders and practitioners to develop an agenda to expand the role of nurses in emergency preparedness and response in the community and health system settings.
 
Presentations and discussions will explore:
  • The pivotal role nurses can play as patient educators, responders, and decision-makers in disaster preparedness through improved efforts in education/training, practice, research and policy;
  • Prior efforts to develop nursing education and competencies for emergency preparedness and response;
  • Short- and long-term strategies to expand the role of nurses in emergency preparedness and response;
  • Collaboration and partnerships necessary to achieve this goal.

Space for this workshop is limited and registration is required. CEUs for nursing will be offered.

If you have questions about this upcoming meeting, please email Anne.Griffin@va.gov. We look forward to seeing you there!