ReadyRN: Handbook for Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness


This color-coded, rapid-reference text includes all of the essential information you need to manage any disaster or emergency with mass casualties. Coverage of each category of disaster-weather-related, public health, infectious disease, chemical, biological, radiological/nuclear, and explosive-offers vital content on dealing with the injuries and nursing protocols for each scenario. Plus, information on disaster sites and clinical management prepares you to take action at the scene or in the hospital setting.

An Indispensable Resource
Prepare your nursing workforce for all types of disasters and public health emergencies with this portable, purse-sized preparedness reference covering:

  • CBRNE* events
  • Mass casualty events
  • Natural disasters
  • Emerging infectious disease
  • Public health emergencies
  • Environmental disasters

*CBRNE = Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive

On-The-Go Preparedness
The ReadyRN Handbook for Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness covers a wide array of topics that are vital to sustaining preparedness training or providing on-the-spot information on disasters and public health emergencies.
Clear, easy-to-read, and amply illustrated, the ReadyRN Handbook gives nurses quick answers on topics such as

  • Disaster management basics
  • Disaster triage tenets
  • On-scene and hospital-setting decontamination
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Mass immunization clinics
  • Burn management
  • Psychological considerations

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  • Critical Info feature highlights the most important points from each chapter.
  • Assessment illustrations show characteristic symptoms and make it easy to identify signs of illness quickly.
  • Icons alert you to important information to consider before approaching a patient, including personal risk, contagion, and reporting obligations.
  • Color-coded sections and coordinated thumb tabs make it easy to find important information at a glance.
  • Chapter outlines provide page references for each major section within the chapter.
  • Glossary and Acronyms section includes the most commonly used acronyms and terms you’ll need in emergency situations.
  • Family Disaster Plan appendix offers vital information on creating a personal disaster plan, and Family Risk icons alert you to dangers that may be carried to your family.
  • Contacts appendix provides federal agency contact information, as well as space for you to fill in local emergency contacts for increased efficiency in a disaster.

Making every nurse a prepared nurse
The ReadyRN Handbook for Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness has been designed for you – today’s nurse. The world in which we practice today has changed dramatically, and nurses may be asked to respond to health care events for which they have had little preparation.

Hurricane Katrina illustrated the health implications of the growing incidence and intensity of natural disasters. The threat of biological, chemical and radiological terrorism persists. Avian and pandemic influenza loom on the global health care horizon, along with other emerging infectious diseases.

Critical preparedness information at your fingertips
The ReadyRN Handbook is a comprehensive yet compact resource for nurses working in all types of health care settings. This small and portable “pocket brain” is readily accessible in a purse, glove compartment or workbag.

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