Chemical and biological terrorism current updates for nurse educators

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Abstract

Schools of nursing need to adapt curricula and continuing education programs to provide nursing students, as well as nurses who are currently employed, with the knowledge and skills required to respond to a chemical or biological terrorist attack. This article addresses eight topic areas suitable for a one-semester elective course offering or for incorporation into the existing curriculum as assessment and management lectures: surveillance systems; identification, communication, and response; chemical agents; biological agents; recognizing covert exposure in a population; patient decontamination and mass triage; the availability and safety of therapies; and immunization and prophylactic antibiotics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-71
Number of pages30
JournalNursing and health care perspectives
Volume23
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Biological weapons
  • Chemical weapons
  • Nursing education, continuing
  • Terrorism nursing curriculum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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