Are you prepared?

UNMC’s Brittany Nordby BSN, RN, EMT, shares her thoughts on how to be ready for disasters.

You are walking down the hallway doing your routine checks and you start to smell natural gas.  You are sitting at the nurses station charting and the power goes out.  You are in a tornado warning and you need to move your patients.  You answer the phone and get a bomb threat.

Do you know what to do? What does preparedness mean to you?  Do you feel prepared if a disaster were to hit your workplace or the community you work in?   Will you shelter-in-place or execute your facility’s evacuation plan?

Disasters come in all forms and can occur in an instant.  Biological, chemical, radiological, and natural disaster emergencies are all types of emergencies that can occur in the environment around us.  As nurses, we are the frontline providers to protect our patients in the event of a disaster.  We must ask ourselves if we have the skills and knowledge to effectively care for our patients during these tragic events.  Educating yourselves and your fellow nurses is the best way we can prepare for disasters that can occur in our workplaces and communities.

Planning, training, and exercising are all ways to assist in preparing for a disaster.  We must become familiar with our workplace disaster plan.  What do I do in the event of a fire, tornado, active shooter, flood, etc.?  Pull out that binder and make yourself familiar with the procedures that should be followed.  Recognize the vulnerable populations within your facility and the special considerations that may need to take place for those patients.  Participation in mass causality drills that may take place in your community, workplace, or even statewide is an excellent way to practice the plan you have educated yourself on.  Testing these plans allow us to see how well our original plan works and identifies any changes that need to be made.  Finally, exercising allows for communication and community connections you will need when a real disaster occurs.  Below you will find some helpful sites to visit.

https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/SurveyCertEmergPrep/Emergency-Prep-Rule.html

http://app1.unmc.edu/nursing/heroes/index.cfm

https://emergency.cdc.gov/

https://training.fema.gov/

It is never fun to think about a disaster occurring in your workplace or community.  Regardless of this fact, we must prepare ourselves in the event tragedy does strike.  Educate, plan, and utilize your resources to keep yourself and your patients safe and to provide the best care you can for your patients in the event of a disaster.


Brittany is the Project Coordinator for HEROES, which offers Emergency Preparedness training and education for healthcare providers and students across the state of Nebraska, and beyond. HEROES is an interdisciplinary approach to biological, chemical, radiological and natural disaster emergencies. Spearheaded by the UNMC College of Nursing, they collaborate with the College of Medicine, College of Allied Health Professions and the Center for Preparedness Education.

Mark Your AHCA/NCAL Convention Calendar: Education Session Will Discuss the Path to Smarter Geriatric Nursing

Attendees at the 68th annual AHCA/NCAL Convention and Expo in Las Vegas will have the opportunity to learn how American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) board certification correlate with improved outcomes in long term care.

A one-hour session titled “My RN is Smarter Than Your RN: Case Study Benefits of the Gero Nurse Program” will be held on Tuesday, October 17 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific.

This session will feature four speakers who will detail how board certification in gerontological nursing is attained and the positive impact certification can have on quality and financial performance.

http://www.longtermcareleader.com/2017/09/mark-your-ahcancal-convention-calendar.html

Trauma in Older Adults

Older adults who suffer traumatic injuries have worse outcomes than younger patients. In this episode Dr. Zara Cooper (acute care and trauma surgeon at Brigham and Women’s hospital) and I discuss some of the reasons for this, and also ways to avoid missing injuries in older adults. Falls are the most common cause of trauma in older patients, and understanding how falls are a geriatric syndrome can help you understand how to help prevent future falls.

https://gempodcast.com/2017/09/27/trauma-in-older-adults/

 

Respite needs expected to grow with aging population

Currently, there are 43 million adults in the United States who serve as a caregiver of an elderly parent or a family member with a disability or chronic condition. As the baby boomer generation continues to age, more people than ever will become caregivers, increasing the need for education and awareness of respite services. Find out more by going to:

https://www.unmc.edu/news.cfm?match=20602&pk_campaign=email&pk_kwd=Respite_needs_expected_to_grow_with_aging_population

Free ANCC Contact Hour – “SPIKES – A Six-Step Protocol for Delivering Bad News.”

It’s 9:00 AM and you are headed to your patient’s room where he and his family await news on the results of a recent test. Despite being optimistic, the outcome is not what anyone wanted. How prepared are you to communicate with your patient and his family on this? Would you like to be able to support the patient with empathy? Would you like to have the skills to develop a treatment plan at this critical moment?

FREE online training module “SPIKES – A Six-Step Protocol for Delivering Bad News” will provide you with the tools you need to enhance your confidence. Videos are provided that demonstrate the application of this protocol and you will also be able to see patient/family reaction when news is delivered in an insensitive manner versus using the protocol. This online resource is available 24/7 and provides 1.0 contact hour under ANCC criteria.

Improve your skills today! Sign up at: http://app1.unmc.edu/nursing/16CN098/index.cfm

The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

 

Happy Birthday, Donald Duck! Your care plan is ready.

Read what “The Real Nurse Jackie” says about the challenges of developing a person-centered care plan for this well known character.

http://www.mcknights.com/the-real-nurse-jackie/happy-birthday-donald-duck-your-care-plan-is-ready/article/668309/?DCMP=EMC-MLT_DailyUpdate_20170614&spMailingID=17445799&spUserID=NTI3NjE3NTAxNTcS1&spJobID=1040993784&spReportId=MTA0MDk5Mzc4NAS2

UNMC and Brown University entry to be featured at AcademyHealth Annual Research meeting.

Gero Nurse Prep’s Dr. Heidi Keeler’s poster will be featured in the “Ageing, disability, and End-of-Life” theme poster walk on Sunday 6/25/17 from 12:15-1:45.