UT College of Nursing Prepares Nurses for Global Disasters

REPRINTED FROM UT RELEASE (WVLT)-- The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Nursing is accepting applications for its new Global Disaster Nursing program. The program includes one-of-a-kind global disaster training for nurses to respond to emergencies anywhere in the world.

Susan Speraw, director of the program, said, "Nurses are well-poised to respond to disasters. Their basic nursing education prepares them to deal with the unexpected," she said. "They are also the perfect people to put into leadership positions, particularly with this graduate program that expands their knowledge to include response to catastrophic events and large-scale public health emergencies."

A main focus in the Global Disaster Nursing program is field experience, which includes either going abroad or working with an agency that responds to humanitarian needs in under-resourced areas.

The program also offers new course content which trains nurses in tropical medicine, infectious disease, and how to practice in harsh conditions where supplies are limited. This builds upon existing coursework, which trains nurses in global security threats, mass casualty and emergency communications, ethics, the ideology of terrorism, geopolitical affairs, management and leadership principles, as well disaster-specific nursing care.

Classes begin in January 2012. For application information, contact Susan Speraw in the College of Nursing, http://www.nursing.utk.edu/.

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