National Assessment of Nursing Schools and Nurse Educators Readiness for Radiation Emergencies and Nuclear Events

Tener Goodwin Veenema, Roberta Proffitt Lavin, Sarah Schneider-Firestone, Mary Pat Couig, Joanne C. Langan, Kristine Qureshi, Danny Scerpella, Lesley Sasnett

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Nurses will play a crucial role in responding to a public health emergency resulting from nuclear war or other large-scale release of radiation into the environment and in supporting the National Health Security Strategy. Schools of nursing are ultimately responsible for developing a competent nursing workforce prepared to assess a population's public health emergency needs and respond to these low-frequency but high-impact events. This responsibility includes the provision of specific content and training regarding how to respond and care for patients and communities in the event of a nuclear or radiation emergency. To date, however, there has been a lack of empirical evidence focusing specifically on nursing schools' capacity to prepare nurses for radiation emergencies and nuclear events, as well as perception of risk. This study employed a cross-sectional survey administered to a nationwide sample of nursing school administrators and faculty to assess content, faculty expertise, planning, and perception of risk related to radiation emergencies and nuclear events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)936-945
Number of pages10
JournalDisaster medicine and public health preparedness
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • education
  • nuclear detonation
  • nurses
  • preparedness
  • radiation emergency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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