All countries experience disasters of some kind and they are usually unpredictable. Australia regularly experiences natural events such as floods, fires, and cyclones. In an increasingly unstable world, attacks against the state, such as terrorist attacks, are also a sad reality. In any such event, as a nurse you are likely to be called upon to step up and act – clinically and in the community. While your hospital or workplace is likely to have an emergency management plan, have you thought about your own response? Are you prepared to rise to the challenge? What’s YOUR disaster management plan? Topics include:
- How one nurse triaged 70 people after the Bali Bombings ...
- What it’s like being deployed to a high conflict military zone
- How hospitals prepare for mass casualty incidents
- Parent matching and tracking when children are affected
- The neuroscience of trauma
- Plenty of stories, networking and much, much more ...
Need for Program
No place on earth is immune to disasters. They may be relatively small and localised, for instance an attack against the state, or they may affect entire regions, such as a hurricane or tsunami. They are highly disruptive and usually cause chaos, suffering, and death. At such times, nurses are likely to be affected and will be required to step up to perform different roles to those of their daily work. Therefore, understanding the bigger picture of disasters, the essential practicalities, and the nursing skills required, will increase preparedness, disaster responsiveness, and personal resilience.
Purpose of Program
The purpose of this conference is to provide nurses with information and knowledge about disasters and their management to improve their professional preparedness.