Disaster preparedness: Need for inclusion in undergraduate nursing education

Susan Achora*, Joy K. Kamanyire

*Corresponding author for this work

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With the increasing global frequency of disasters, the call for disaster preparedness training needs to be reinforced. Nurses form the largest group of the healthcare workforce and are often on the frontline in disaster management. Therefore, nurses should be adequately equipped with the knowledge and skills to respond to disasters, starting from their pre-service training to their in-service professional training. However, the inclusion of disaster preparedness education in undergraduate nursing curricula is minimal in most countries. The purpose of this article is to highlight the current state of nursing education and training in disaster management, both generally and in Oman. The significance of disaster preparedness training and recommendations for its inclusion in nursing practice and education are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e15-e19
JournalSultan Qaboos University Medical Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2016


  • Disaster planning
  • Disasters
  • Health personnel
  • Nursing education
  • Oman
  • Students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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