Saudi Emergency Nurses Preparedness For Biological Disaster Management At The Governmental Hospitals

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Nawaf Saleh Alharbi , Dr. Hanan A Youssef , Dr. Ebaa M Felemban , Siraj S Alqarni , Nawaf Mutiq Alharbi , Ahmed Abdulqader Othman Alsayed , Ahmad Zamil Abdurhman Alshomrani , Sayed Shahbal


Background: The main purpose of the study was to assess the Saudi emergency nurse’s perception, competencies, and skills regarding preparedness for biological disaster management at the governmental hospital. This study has developed a better understanding of the emergency nurse’s readiness to manage a potential biological disaster.

Method: The study was conducted by employing a cross-sectional descriptive survey using specific outcome measures. Additionally, the study distributed a questionnaire in paper format to enhance response rate and reduce missing data. The study participants were invited to survey about their disaster preparedness knowledge, skills, and competencies towards biological disaster management. This study was conducted in East Jeddah Hospital with a simple random sample of emergency nurses who have at least three years’ experience.

Result: Indicates that the perception of emergency nurses for biological disaster management is productively associated with the competency, skills, and knowledge at governmental hospitals in Jeddah Province. The emergency nurses’ level of preparedness is simultaneously associated with the training and initiative-taking strength development for biological disaster management. Emergency nurses’ knowledge and skills about biological disaster management depends upon the organizational and authority management. All these factors elevate the emergency nurses’ competencies for biological disaster management

Conclusion: Emergency preparedness of the biological disaster management at government hospital usually depends upon the hospital management, authority decisions making capacities and mandatory practice skills that increases the chance of effective management of disaster.

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