Impact Of Disaster, Terrorism, And War

NUR4636 – Community Health Nursing

Case Study

Chapter 17

Being Prepared: Impact of Disaster, Terrorism, and War Many opportunities are available for both student nurses and experienced

community health nurses to become involved in emergency preparedness and

response efforts. A disaster is any event that causes a level of destruction that

exceeds the abilities of the affected community to respond without assistance.

Disasters may be caused by natural or man-made/technologic events and may be

classified as multiple-casualty incidents or mass-casualty incidents. Student nurses

are developing a plan on how to approach the upcoming community-wide disaster


1. What characteristics of disasters, including causation, number of casualties,

scope, and intensity, should the student nurses consider?

2. What factors contribute to a community’s potential for experiencing a


3. What are the four phases of disaster management that must be included in

the student nurses planning for the drill?

4. Using the levels of prevention, what is the role of the community health

nurse in relations to acts of chemical, biologic, or nuclear terrorism?

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