Public health personnel’s primary responsibility is that of the health of the community. The disaster in Franklin County called for an establishment of the Public Health Incident Command System, where personnel from a variety of backgrounds melded into a common management structure and focused on the safety, community health needs, and planned for potential long term issues that may have arisen post disaster. The public health team per their specific skill sets, evaluated the needs of the community, provided reliable information, and provided resources. A chain of command must be set up for ease of flow during any disaster. The command staff is set up by the Incident Commander.
Community Health Nursing Emergency Response 725.8.8 Stefanie Pipia Western Governors University April 18, 2014 Disaster in Franklin County In the event of a disaster there are many people with various roles needed to respond and meet the needs of the community affected. The role of major public health personnel is to assess the incident for immediate health needs, severity of health needs and the potential health risks of the community. The public health personnel have specific roles, responsibilities and functions to carry out during the disaster to identify, manage and minimize aftermath. The public health nurse can assess for immediate health needs related to injury and disability. They can identify and provide health related education to reduce the health risks related to the disaster as well as prevention of secondary conditions.
Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response Lori Godsey Walden University Family Community and Population Based Care NURS 4010, Section 13 July 26, 2013 Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response Emergency preparedness is vital to the safety and functionality a community. Whether it be obtaining and assisting a surrounding community population, or by organizing the unforeseen catastrophic challenges of your local community. The purpose of this paper is to discuss how the professional nurse and other community health care professionals evaluate and provide decision making skills and strategies in the event of a hurricane. The Role of the Nurse Disasters can happen at any time. Some are more prevalent than others.
SZT1 Task 4 The most important aspect in managing a disaster situation is preparedness. The simulation Disaster in Franklin County highlights the role of public health personnel, with emphasis on the public health nurse because the nurse is often a first responder to such a disaster. This helps to examine the roles, actions, coping methods, and techniques used by a nurse in a disaster scenario. A. Role of Public Health Personnel The role of public health personnel is to maintain the physical and emotional safety of individuals throughout the community affected by the storm.
! During disaster situations an Incident Command Center, or Emergency Operations Center, is activated with a chain of command that begins with an Incident Commander who will oversee the appointment of section chiefs as well as command stafﬁng. The commander will receive reports from staff and give orders. During the disaster, ongoing re-evaluation of the branches of the chain of command are continuous, as adaptability in a disaster is one of the keys to successful recovery. Under the Incident Commander there are several key personnel that coordinate the relief effort, including a Liaison Chief, Public Information Chief, Operations Chief, Planning Chief, Logistics Chief and Finance Chief, each fulﬁlling critical roles that must be integrated smoothly into a comprehensive response and recovery effort.
Nursing care plans are used whether prognosis is good, as when a patient is expecting a healthy baby without complications or when prognosis is poor, such as when a patient has terminal cancer and shortened life expectancy. The care plan addresses singular problems with solutions and based upon the action taken assesses the measureable outcome or the cause and effect. Many community health nurses utilize this type of documentation when caring for people in the community served. The community health nurse organizes and carries out a comprehensive discipline of care that is preventive, curative, rehabilitative, and can be continued throughout the community or life of an individual within a community. Many times community health nurses are contacted through other agencies or institutions such as physician offices, schools, and hospitals when needs are identified in the community or individual’s life.
Nurses need to review the disaster history of their community, as well as how past disasters have affected the community’s health care delivery system (Stanhope & Lancaster, 2008). It is important for nurses to understand and gain the competencies necessary to respond in times of disasters before disaster strikes. The preparedness competencies should focus on personal preparedness, understanding roles, becoming acquainted with the health department’s disaster plan and communication equipment appropriate for disaster situations (Stanhope & Lancaster, 2008). Disaster and mass casualty drills and exercises are extremely valuable components of preparedness that can give nurses and other personnel opportunities to improve plans. Nurses should also identify limits to their own knowledge/skill/authority and identify key resources for referring situations that exceed those limits.
It helps people to live as well as possible while they manage their illness. Palliative care concentrates on maintaining quality of life by controlling physical symptoms, such as pain or sickness. It also looks at the emotional, social or spiritual needs that people may have. It supports both the person who is dying and their carers and family. Nurses provide education that will assist clients to understand, comply with cancer management regimens; and cope with the effects of cancer and related treatment.
Quality Improvement Email Angel Lowe HCS/588 July 6, 2015 Georgia Rothstein Quality Improvement Email The goal of health care organizations is to provide safe patient and quality care. If an organization wants to achieve these two concepts then they require a continuous effort on the part of the organization. Quality improvement (QI) is an important factor in an organization as they work toward achieving safe patient and quality care. The organization needs to have set guidelines as well as dependable and consistent care as it relates to providing QI. This study will look into QI as well as look the importance of quality management as well as the impact it has in health care.
Family Health Assessment Vann Joyner Grand Canyon University: NRS-429V May 9, 2015 Family Health Assessment One of the factors in planning care and health promotion for a patient is overall family support system . When a patient is ill it not only affects them but their family members as well. One tool used by a nurse to help collect family data is the family health assessment. Family health assessment aims at using a holistic approach to ensure the health of individuals, communities and families to ensure that care remains client centered. It focuses on ensuring that families acknowledge their health needs and address them by planning proper intervention strategies.