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General Resources

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) identifies 8 core competencies for nurses participating in disaster response. The resources provided in this section offer critical insights and perspectives for the nursing workforce that have relevance across the 8 domains, as well as for mental health and well-being.

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Academic Articles and Books

Disaster nursing research: a scoping review of the nature, content, and trends of studies published during 2011-2020 – International Emergency Nursing (2021)

  • Analyzes 247 articles published between 2011 and 2022 on disaster nursing research and provides commentary on research trends across several core competencies.

Nurses’ core disaster-response competencies for combating COVID-19—A cross-sectional study – PLoS ONE (2021)

  • Applies the core competencies in disaster nursing across the nursing sector in Slovenia during the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing enablers and barriers to success.

An illumination of the ICN’s core competencies in disaster nursing version 2.0: advanced nursing response to COVID-19 outbreak in China – Journal of Nursing Management (2021)

  • Reports on the operational response of 3 rescue teams in China during the first 3 months of the COVID-19 pandemic (24 January to 31 March 2020).

What are the most common domains of the core competencies of disaster nursing? A scoping review – International Emergency Nursing (2016)

  • Reviews 12 studies to identify the most common domains of the core competencies of disaster nursing.

Disaster nursing—an overview – ScienceDirect Topics

  • Auto-compiles and lists journal articles from various publications that discuss disaster nursing.
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Guidance and Training Documents

Core Competencies in Disaster Nursing: Volume 2.0 – International Council of Nurses (ICN) (2019)

  • Outlines updated core competencies in disaster nursing, explaining each competency and changes since the first volume.

Nurses in disaster preparedness and public health emergency response. In: The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health EquityNational Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (2021)

  • Book explores how nurses can work to reduce health disparities and promote equity while keeping costs at bay, utilizing technology, and maintaining patient and family-focused care into 2030, with Chapter 8 focusing on disaster preparedness and emergency response.

Emergency preparedness and response training resources – US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (2018)

  • Lists resources that span multiple emergencies and have applications to many healthcare practitioners.

Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) – US HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) (2022)

  • Provides a central hub for information on resources and stakeholders working in the disaster space. While not uniquely tied to disaster nursing, ASPR TRACIE provides information applicable across several core competencies.
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Webinars, Podcasts, and Other New Media

Prehospital and Disaster Medicine (PDM) Podcast and Counter-Terrorism Medicine Podcast – World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (2022)

  • Scroll down the page to access these two podcast series that cover various aspects of prehospital and disaster medicine and counter-terrorism medicine.

Webinar series – World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (2022)

  • Features several webinars focused on responses to natural disasters and public health emergencies.
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