Educational competencies and technologies for disaster preparedness in undergraduate nursing education

An integrative review

Mini Jose, Claudine Dufrene

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Abstract

Objectives: This integrative review of literature was conducted to determine (1) what are the suitable disaster preparedness competencies for undergraduate nursing curriculum? and (2) what are the suitable methods of instruction to deliver disaster preparedness content? Data sources and review method: A literature search was conducted on three major electronic databases: Ovid MEDLINE, PubMed and the Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) using the keywords; Disaster Preparedness, Disaster and nursing education; disaster response and nursing education. Limiters used were published within the last 10. years and in nursing field. Out of the 190 articles retrieved, eight were research articles that met the inclusion criteria. These articles were carefully reviewed and the results are summarized in two sections to answer the research questions. Results and findings: There was no uniformity of intended competencies among the studies, though all studies used resources from reputed national and international organizations. All the studies reviewed adhered to a systematic approach in delivering content and used eclectic methods including multiple technologies to enhance the educational outcomes. Most of the studies had incorporated simulation in different ways involving low to high fidelity simulators, virtual simulation and live actors. Content and length of the programs were greatly varied but stayed focused on the general principles of disaster management and appropriate for the level of the students within the programs. Discussion and conclusion: More rigorous research is needed in this area since all published articles had deficiencies in the methodologies, especially in data collection and analysis. Disaster preparedness education was found to be a suitable activity for interprofessional education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)543-551
Number of pages9
JournalNurse Education Today
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2014

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Keywords

  • Disaster preparedness
  • Disaster response
  • Educational technology
  • Interprofessional education
  • Nursing education
  • Simulation

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  • Nursing(all)
  • Education

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Educational competencies and technologies for disaster preparedness in undergraduate nursing education : An integrative review. / Jose, Mini; Dufrene, Claudine.

In: Nurse Education Today, Vol. 34, No. 4, 04.2014, p. 543-551.

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