Emergency preparedness training for public health nurses: A pilot study

Kristine A. Qureshi, Jacqueline A. Merrill, Robyn R.M. Gershon, Ayxa Calero-Breckheimer

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Abstract

The Columbia Center for Public Health Preparedness, in partnership with the New York City Department of Health, recently developed an emergency preparedness training program for public health workers. A pilot training program was conducted for a group of school health nurses and evaluated using a pre/posttest design. A surprising finding was that 90% of the nurses reported at least one barrier to their ability to report to duty in the event of a public health emergency. The most frequently cited barriers included child/elder care responsibilities, lack of transportation, and personal health issues. These findings suggest that it may be prudent to identify and address potential barriers to public health workforce responsiveness to ensure the availability of the workforce during emergencies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)413-416
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Urban Health
Volume79
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Urban Studies
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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