Volume 21, Issue 2 (May 2023)                   Nursing and Midwifery Journal 2023, 21(2): 89-97 | Back to browse issues page

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1- Master's student in Internal-Surgical Nursing, Student Research Committee, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
2- Master of Science, Emergency Nursing, Nursing & Midwifery Faculty, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
3- Associate Professor of Nursing, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran (Corresponding Author) , hosseinfeizalahzadeh@gmail.com
4- Assistant Professor of Nursing, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
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Background & Aims: Recently, the world has faced many unnatural disasters and crises, leaving many deaths and financial repercussions. As the most populous medical group, nurses play an important role in crisis management. The present study aimed to determine the preparedness, knowledge, and attitude of nurses working in emergency departments in dealing with the unnatural disaster crisis.
Materials & Methods: The present descriptive study was conducted on 310 nurses working in the emergency departments of hospitals affiliated with the Universities of Medical Sciences of Tabriz and Urmia. The participants were selected by quota sampling. Data were collected using a nurse demographic characteristic questionnaire, emergency preparedness information, and knowledge and attitude questionnaires. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and SPSS software version 18.
Results: The mean age of nurses was 34 years, and the mean work experience was 5.60 years. In addition, 82.5% of nurses had a bachelor's degree. 66.45% of the nurses had not completed any courses related to chemical, biological, radioactive, and nuclear disasters. The overall mean (standard deviation) of readiness, knowledge, and attitude scores were 57.95 (20.98), 9.7 (5.58), and 29.31 (8.10), respectively. Nurses' preparedness was at a weak level in dealing with unnatural disasters, and their knowledge and attitude was in an average level.
Conclusion: Nurses, as the first line of care and treatment, need to be trained concerning unnatural chemical, microbial, nuclear, and radioactive incidents. This training can be provided by incorporating relevant content into the nursing education curriculum or as on-the-job service courses.
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