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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

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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.


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UPCPHP Mission for effective & sustained outreach

  • Train public health professionals, including professionals in related organizations, to respond to bioterrorism, infectious disease outbreaks, and other public health threats and emergencies


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Value of Training for effective & sustained outreach

  • 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


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The Pilot for effective & sustained outreach

  • 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


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The Series ’05-’06 for effective & sustained outreach

  • 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!


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The Next Season ’06-’07 for effective & sustained outreach

  • 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!


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Evaluation Quotes for effective & sustained outreach

  • 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


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Reasons for Success for effective & sustained outreach

  • 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


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Strategic Plan for effective & sustained outreach

  • 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


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Questions for effective & sustained outreach

  • Stefanie P. Junker, MPH

    Project Coordinator

    Center for Public Health Practice

    Graduate School of Public Health

    University of Pittsburgh

    412-383-2232

    [email protected]

    http://www.cphp.pitt.edu/upcphp/


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