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International Journal of Public Health and Clinical Sciences (IJPHCS)
Open Access e-journal ISSN : 2289-7577

NURSES’ PERCEIVED FAMILIARITY WITH DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

Ng X.J., Lim B.C., Azlina Y, Soon L.K.

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ABSTRACT

Background: A major disaster, either natural or man-made, resulting in a large number of deaths and casualties, is hard to predict. Hence, preparing for, and responding to, a disaster is a public health priority that must be addressed, often in situations with constrained resources. The aim of this study was to assess nurses’ familiarity with disaster preparedness.

Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional design was used.  One hundred and thirty nurses were recruited using simple random sampling. Data was collected between December 2013 and February 2014 using a self-administered questionnaire.  Pearson Chi Square analyses were used to determine the association between socio-demographic data and nurses’ perceived familiarity with disaster preparedness. A p value of ≤ 0.05 was considered statistically significant.

Results: The majority of the nurses were female (80%). Less than half were from the intensive care unit (30%). More than half were unfamiliar with disaster preparedness (62.3%). Among the socio-demographic factors, nurses’ workplace area was associated with perceived disaster preparedness [ = 19.41 (9), P-value = 0.022].

Conclusion: Nurses’ perceived lack of adequate disaster preparedness and the association between workplace area and familiarity with disaster preparedness highlight the need for nurse training in disaster drills and education specific to disaster preparedness management.

Keywords: Nurses, perceptions, familiarity, preparedness, disaster


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