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Developing Nursing Leadership Skills When Working With Disaster Response Programs

Published:March 06, 2023DOI:


      As the frequency and intensity of disasters worsen, now is the time for leaders in nursing to respond, hone their leadership skills, and acquire new competencies. The impact of these disasters will wreak havoc on community public health in both the short and long term, and involvement at any level of the four emergency management cycles—mitigation phase, preparedness phase, response phase, and recovery phase—will positively impact community health and enhance nurse leadership skills. Responding to a disaster requires resilience, knowledge of emergency management, willingness to work in austere environments, and transparent communication. Nurse leaders can find these opportunities with nonprofit disaster relief organizations and carry their experience over to leadership roles in health care.
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      Dana Reed MSN, BS, ACNP, is Senior Nurse Practitioner, Hospitalist Service, at New York Presbyterian Westchester Hospital in Bronxville, New York, and Head of Government Affairs, Operation BBQ Relief, in Peculiar, Missouri. He can be reached at [email protected]