Willingness to respond in a disaster: a pediatric nurse practitioner national survey.
The objective of this study was to examine factors associated with pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs) reporting to work in the event of a disaster.
An anonymous national survey of PNPs was conducted. Several domains were explored, including demographics, personal preparedness plans, disaster training, prior disaster experience, and likelihood of responding in the event of a disaster. A logistic regression analysis was conducted to determine which factors were associated with the respondent's likelihood of responding in the event of a disaster.
Factors associated with increased likelihood of responding included gender (being a male PNP), military experience, and disaster training. The most significant factor associated with an increased likelihood of responding to work during a disaster was having a specified role in the workplace disaster plan. PNPs with a specified role were three times more likely to respond than were those without a specified role.
PNPs are health care workers with advanced skill sets. This untapped resource is available to provide care for a vulnerable population: our children. Disaster planners should explore the possibility of utilizing these highly skilled health care workers in their disaster plans.
Pediatric Surgery, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, MS#100, 4650 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org
SourceJournal of pediatric health care : official publication of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates & Practitioners 26:4 pg e7-20
Attitude of Health Personnel
Health Care Surveys
Mass Casualty Incidents
Pub Type(s)Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.