Awareness of disaster preparedness has penetrated every level of the government and has captured the attention of citizens around the world. The increased prevalence of natural disasters cannot be denied, and the growing turbulence of world affairs is the focus of intense media attention. Nurses make up the largest sector of the healthcare workforce and are integral responders to major natural and human-induced disasters. It is essential that nurses have the knowledge and preparation needed to respond effectively, not only for the benefit of health care organizations, but for the safety of the community at large. This article explores the scope and strength of nurse preparedness on an international, national, and local level. While a number of studies related to disaster response are available, there appears to be a dearth of research studies that examine nurses in relation to disaster preparedness. The purpose of this article is to explore the current state of science regarding disaster preparedness among nurses.

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Fall 10-2011

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