Exploring Nurses' Preparedness Toward Disaster Management

International Journal of Nursing and Health Science
© 2020 by SSRG - IJNHS Journal
Volume 6 Issue 3
Year of Publication : 2020
Authors : Sarah Saad Alotaibi, Hessa Al mutairi, Fatimah Al Theyab, Ohud Al Otaibi
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Sarah Saad Alotaibi, Hessa Al mutairi, Fatimah Al Theyab, Ohud Al Otaibi, "Exploring Nurses' Preparedness Toward Disaster Management," SSRG International Journal of Nursing and Health Science, vol. 6,  no. 3, pp. 32-35, 2020. Crossref, https://doi.org/10.14445/24547484/IJNHS-V6I3P106


Disaster can be defined as any event that can damage society and cause casualties, deterioration in economic status, and health services. Natural or human-made disasters can significantly affect the physical, mental, and emotional health status of affected people. Nurses are the largest workforce in the health institutes and having a critical role in managing disasters. Therefore, nurses have to be ready at any time to manage these events effectively without any delay. This study explores nurses' perceptions regarding their knowledge, skills, and preparedness for disaster management in Riyadh Region hospitals. A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted for hospitals under the management of the general directorate of the Riyadh region's health affairs among 260 participants. Data was collected online by Emergency Preparedness Information Questionnaire (EPIQ). The overall emergency preparedness familiarity mean is( 3.4846 ± 1.06), which is a medium level. It is recommended to develop comprehensive training programs to prepare nurses to face any unexpected event, provide care, and meet the needs of affected community members.


Disaster, Nurses, Management, preparedness.


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