Disaster preparedness training for school nurses: A model for effective & sustained outreach Stefanie P. Junker, MPH Molly Eggleston, MPH, CHES Beth Anne Bahn, RN, MSN, CSN Margaret A. Modro, MS, CPS, CCR Charity Lee Istone, MSN, CRNP, CSN The University of Pittsburgh Center for Public Health Preparedness (UPCPHP) is a project of the Center for Public Health Practice, Graduate School of Public Health, funded through cooperative agreement U90/CCU324238-02 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
UPCPHP Mission • Train public health professionals, including professionals in related organizations, to respond to bioterrorism, infectious disease outbreaks, and other public health threats and emergencies
Value of Training • National Association of School Nurses (NASN) existing curriculum • Covers disaster preparedness, mitigation, response, recovery, & emerging diseases • Continuing education • Audience specific • Highlights role of school nurse as first responder - Emergency Preparedness
The Pilot • October 3, 2005 • Planning committee: state health dept, school of nursing, medical center, state school nurse association, & local school nurses • 44 attendees • Success! – wait list, spread by word of mouth
The Series ’05-’06 • 3 requests from local school organizations to train all school nurses • 1 request from local hospital • 1 request from state school nurse association • Total trained = 288 school nurses during 6 trainings in 6 months!
The Next Season ’06-’07 • 2 requests from school nurse trainer • 1 request from state health dept. school health consultant • 2 more local school organizations to train all school nurses • Total trained since ’05 = 352 school nurses during 8 trainings!
Evaluation Quotes • It really made us rethink and reevaluate our school disaster plan, and it gave us the tools to do it • Require administrative and teaching personnel to attend • Please share our role in the plan with principals
Reasons for Success • Collaborations • Between OH & PA • Between UPCPHP & state health dept • Between UPCPHP & School of Nursing • Between UPCPHP & professional associations • Key partners – on planning committee & as hosts for training • Audience specific curriculum
Strategic Plan • To train 75% of school nurses in each PA Department of Health district by 2009 • Training of trainers • Compression Planning: top 7 school nurse prep training needs, training methods, & key partners • Train administrators
Questions • Stefanie P. Junker, MPH Project Coordinator Center for Public Health Practice Graduate School of Public Health University of Pittsburgh 412-383-2232 email@example.com http://www.cphp.pitt.edu/upcphp/