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Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness

SKU# 9780826108647

for Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Terrorism and Other Hazards


  • Tener Goodwin Veenema PhD, MPH, MS, CPNP, FAAN

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Awarded first place in the 2013 AJN Book of the Year Awards in the Environmental Health category, and second place in the Community-Public Health category

What a wonderful resource!"--Doody's Medical Reviews

"In this third editionÖDr. Veenema continues her mission to help our nation's nurses develop the knowledge and skills needed to efficiently and effectively respond to disasters.ÖMany times nurses assume that they aren't emergency responders, so they don't need to understand how the system works. When a disaster strikes a communityówhether it's a bus accident, a tornado, a hurricane or terrorist attackónurses will be on the front lines helping those who are in need. To protect themselves, their families and their communities, nurses need to understand the principles and content of this comprehensive textbook. I encourage all nurses to develop the knowledge and skills presented here that are needed to achieve the vision of resilient communities outlined in the National Health Security Strategy."

From the Foreword by Ann R. Knebel, RN, DNSc, FAAN
Deputy Director with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response

"The third edition of Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness was confronted with the daunting task of both summarizing the many important new findings that have now become available through extensive research and the experience of public health practitioners and yet maintain the convenience and user-friendliness of the first two editions. Dr. Veenema has succeeded in accomplishing this magnificently. The third edition Ö has almost double the number of pages compared with the first edition, including a much stronger and expanded clinical management section to address clinical situations not frequently encountered by nurses...The reader is provided with substantially greater coverage of the needs of children and adolescents following the recommendations of the National Commission on Children and Disasters (2010)...[This book] will continue to serve as both a timely and comprehensive text for this nation's 2.7 million nurses and for educating the next generation of nursing professionals."

From the Foreword by Eric K. Noji, MD, MPH
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Ret.)
Washington, DC

"The contributing authors read like "Who's Who" of the disaster leaders. They lend their special expertise and insights which are supported and elucidated by cogent learning strategies in the use of case studies, side bars, student questions, and packed content in all areas of disaster participation, preparedness, policies, and research. Many teachers, students, practitioners, and policy makers will find this edition a treasure trove of new information, ideas and ideologies and will use this volume as a text, a reference, and resource for the challenging work they do in disaster preparedness and practice. For over ten years [this book]has been the Hallmark Text in its field and this edition proves to be the best ever."

From the Foreword by Loretta C. Ford, RN, PNP, EdD
Dean Emeritus
University of Rochester School of Nursing

"It is my hope that all schools of nursing will use this book as part of a disaster preparedness curriculum and that all nurses will become familiar with its contentsand inspired to volunteer when disaster strikes. Disaster victims and their families deserve nothing less from our nation's nurses."

Susan B. Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN
Senior Advisor for Nursing, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Director, the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action
Princeton, New Jersey

The new edition of this AJN Book of the Year continues to provide nurses with the most comprehensive, current, and reliable information available so they can develop the skills to efficiently and effectively respond to disasters or public health emergencies. Meticulously researched and reviewed by the world's foremost experts in preparedness for terrorism, natural disasters, and other unanticipated health emergencies, the text has been revised and updated with significant new content, including 10 new chapters and a digital adjunct teacher's guide with exercises and critical thinking questions.

This new edition has strengthened its pediatric focus with updated and expanded chapters on caring for children's physical, mental, and behavioral health following a disaster. New chapters address climate change, global complex human emergencies, caring for patients with HIV/AIDS following a disaster, information technology and disaster response, and hospital and emergency department preparedness. The text provides a vast amount of evidence-based information on disaster planning and response for natural and environmental disasters and those caused by chemical, biological, and radiological elements, as well as disaster recovery. It also addresses leadership, management, and policy issues in disaster nursing and deepens our understanding of the importance of protecting mental health throughout the disaster life cycle. Each chapter is clearly formatted and includes Key Messages and Learning Objectives. Appendices present diagnosis and treatment regimens, creating personal disaster plans, a damage assessment guide, a glossary of terms, and more. Consistent with the Federal Disaster Response Framework, the book promotes competency-based expert nursing care during disasters and positive health outcomes for small and large populations.

Key Features:

  • Provides 10 new chapters and new content throughout the text
  • Includes digital teacher's guide with exercises and critical thinking questions
  • Consistent with current U.S. federal guidelines for disaster response
  • Disseminates state-of-the-science, evidence-based information

New Chapters:

  • Management of the Pregnant Woman and Newborn During Disasters
  • Management of Patients With HIV/AIDS During Disasters
  • Disaster Nursing in Schools and Other Child Congregate Care Settings
  • Global Complex Human Emergencies
  • Climate Change and the Role of the Nurse in Policy and Practice
  • Human Services Needs Following Disaster Events and Disaster Case Management
  • Hospital and Emergency Department Preparedness
  • National Nurse Preparedness: Achieving Competency-Based Expert Practice
  • Medical Countermeasures Dispensing

Product Details 

  • Publication Date August 24, 2012
  • Page Count 802
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826108647
  • EISBN 9780826108654

Online Supplements 

Want to learn more about Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness? Read the press release about the book and the article published in the Annual Review of Nursing Research about nursing leadership in disasters:


Also visit SpringBoard, the official blog of Springer Publishing Company, to read editor Tener Goodwin Veenema's article about the role of nurses during Hurricane Sandy.

Table of Contents 

1 Essentials of Disaster Planning

2 Leadership and Coordination in Disaster Health Care Systems: The U.S. National Response Framework

3 Emergency Health Services

4 Hospital & Emergency Department Preparedness

5 Human Services in Disasters and Public Health Emergencies: Social Disruption, Individual Empowerment, and Community Resilience

6 Understanding the Psychosocial and Behavioral Impact of Disasters

7 Management of the Psychosocial Effects of Disasters

8 American Red Cross Disaster Health Services and Disaster Nursing: National Capability - Local Community Impact

9 Legal and Ethical Issues in Disaster Response

10 Crisis Communications

11 Disaster Management and the Incident Command System

12 Disaster Triage

13 Emergency Medical Consequence Planning for Special Events, Mass Gatherings and Mass Casualty Incidents

14 Management of Burn Mass Casualty Incidents

15 Management of Traumatic Injuries due to Explosive and Blast Effects

16 Natural Disasters

17 Restoring Public Health Under Disaster Conditions: Basic Sanitation, Water and Food Supply, and Shelter

18 Climate Change and the Nurses Role in Policy & Practice

19 Environmental Disasters and Emergencies

20 Global Complex Human Emergencies

21 Global Issues in Disaster Relief Nursing

22 Understanding Biological and Chemical Terrorism

23 Surveillance Systems for Detection of Biological Events

24 Biological Agents of Concern

25 Early Recognition and Detection of Biological Events

26 Infectious Disease Emergencies

27 Medical Countermeasure Dispensing

28 Chemical Agents of Concern

29 Decontamination and the Use of Personal Protective Equipment

30 Radiological Incidents and Emergencies

31 Identification and Accommodation of High-Risk and High Vulnerability Populations

32 Care of Children in Disasters and Public Health Emergencies

33 Disaster Nursing in Schools and other Community & Child Congregate Care Settings

34 Care of the Pregnant Woman and Newborn During Disasters

35 Care of Patients with HIV/AIDS During Disasters

36 Information Technology in Disaster Management

37 National Nurse Preparedness: Achieving Competency Based Expert Practice

38 The Role and Preparation of the Public Health Nurse for Disaster Response

39 Disaster Nursing Research

40(41) Innovations in Disaster Nursing Education
ReadyRN: Making Every Nurse a Prepared Nurse
Epilouge Disaster Recovery: Creating Sustainable Disaster Resilient Communities

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