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GE Healthcare Webcast Series

GE Healthcare Webcast Series

We are happy to announce that the archived version of Dr Veenema’s GE Healthcare Webcast Series presentation, “Disaster Preparedness: Best Practices for Protocols and Tools to Remain Sharp”, is now available online through the GE Healthcare site. This lecture provides an introduction to the ReadyRN campaign for nurse disaster preparedness; discussion on how to keep protocols “alive” and not just written and collecting dust.

To view this presentation, or any of the other excellent seminars in this series, please visit GE Healthcare online at: (free registration)

From the Announcement

Webcast Overview

Nurses play a major role in responding to disaster events and disease outbreaks, in managing their victims – and more importantly – in ensuring the best possible outcomes. Nurses must be READY to act quickly and competently! In order to do so, nurses should be aware of our current level of our national preparedness, the role of nurses during a disaster, and the types of events that may result in a sudden, unanticipated surge of patients.

ReadyRN: Making Every Nurse a Prepared Nurse is a multi-faceted national initiative designed to help hospitals, health departments, and community health organizations prepare their nursing workforce with the knowledge needed to care for and protect themselves and their patients during any type of disaster event or major public health emergency. ReadyRN keeps nurses safe so that they can keep patients safe.

This innovative educational program conducted in partnership with Elsevier/MC Strategies is designed to prepare nurses in a systematic way with evidence based best practices to respond to catastrophic disasters, mass casualty events and public health emergencies. The ReadyRN program is consistent with the National Response Framework, the National Incident Management System, and the CDC competencies for emergency preparedness.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this webcast participants will be able to:

  1. Describe our current level of national emergency preparedness and its implications for the profession of nursing.
  2. Define and distinguish between the major types of disasters based on their unique characteristics and health implications.
  3. Discuss the role of the nurse in all phases in emergency and disaster planning: preparedness, mitigation, response, recovery and evaluation.
  4. Present a selection of tools from the ReadyRN program as tools for nurses to use for disaster preparedness, disaster triage, and for altered standards of care during disaster events, such as emerging infectious disease and pandemic influenza.

ReadyRN was developed by Tener Goodwin Veenema, RN, PhD, MPH, MS, FNAP, a nationally recognized expert in emergency nursing and disaster preparedness, and has been adopted by the National American Red Cross as their standard for preparing nurses and disaster health services volunteers across the country.

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