Disaster Relief Nursing & Emergency Preparedness

What you can do to help

We have all seen the pictures of the devastation in Texas, Florida, and surrounding areas due to recent hurricanes. As nurses, by nature, we always want to help those in need. 

If you want to volunteer:
  1. Please coordinate your efforts through a disaster relief agency, such as the Red Cross, or local volunteer organizations, such as the Texas Disaster Volunteer Registry or Volunteer Florida. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has recommended those interested in volunteering to visit the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster website for a list of trusted disaster-relief organizations. 
  2. Texas has implemented a Disaster Licensing Procedure.
    1. The Board of Nursing is following the RN Compact and expedited licensure procedure for licensure. You will need to go to the site and download the appropriate documents and make sure you write “Harvey” and the name of the facility or the volunteer agency at the top of the application.
    2. Advanced Practice Nurses will need to follow the physician supervision requirement for APRN practice.
  3. In Florida, Governor Scott declared a state of emergency, with an Executive Order granting authority for health service and treatment in Florida by any person who holds a valid and unrestricted and unencumbered license in another state, territory and/or district. You can send an email to the Florida Department of Health at bprchdpreparedness@flhealth.gov or call (850) 245-4829. 
If you are interested in donating to support relief efforts; make sure you are donating to a reputable organization such as: Lippincott NursingCenter has prepared a collection of resources to help guide your practice while you are working in the affected areas. We will be making these resources free for the next 3 months.

We ask all of you to keep the people affected by recent hurricanes in your thoughts.

Best regards,
Anne Dabrow Woods, DNP, RN, CRNP, ANP-BC, AGACNP-BC, FAAN
Chief Nurse, Wolters Kluwer
 
Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
Senior Clinical Editor, Lippincott NursingCenter
 
Kim Fryling-Resare
Managing Editor, Lippincott NursingCenter
 
Bob Maroldo
Publisher, Lippincott NursingCenter
 
Myrna Buiser Schnur, MSN, RN
Clinical Editor, Lippincott NursingCenter
 
Megan Doble, MSN, RN, CRNP, FNP-BC, AGACNP-BC
Clinical Editor, Lippincott NursingCenter
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AJN Off the Charts, September 2017

Free Disaster management: Communication up, across, and down 
Nursing Management, July 2017
 
Free Overburdened Systems and Dealing With Disaster: Nursing Administrators' Experiences and Nursing Leadership Recommendations From a State-Level Perspective 
Nursing Administration Quarterly, April/June 2017
 
Free The Emotional Well-Being of Nurses and Nurse Leaders in Crisis 
Nursing Administration Quarterly, April/June 2017
 
Free Natural Disasters: Planning for Psychological First Aid 
Journal of Christian Nursing, January/March 2017
 
Free Increasing Emergency Preparedness 
AJN, American Journal of Nursing, January 2016
 
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AJN, American Journal of Nursing, October 2012
 
CE Will you be ready when disaster strikes? (CE)
Nursing Management, August 2013
 
Free Disaster planning: Are you ready? 
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy, May/June 2011
 
Free It's a disaster! How can I help? 
Nursing2011 Critical Care, January 2011
 
Free Disaster Care: Delivering Primary Health Care to Hurricane Evacuees 
AJN, American Journal of Nursing, August 2009 
 
Free Effective Mental Health Response to Catastrophic Events: Lessons Learned From Hurricane Katrina 
Family & Community Health, January/March 2008
 
Free Legal File: Nursing Responsibilities in a Disaster 
The Nurse Practitioner, November 2006
 
Free Infection Control and Hurricane Katrina: What nurses can learn in the aftermath of the disaster
AJN, American Journal of Nursing, March 2006
 
 
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