Nursing Career News

A study done by the U.S. Bureau of Health Professions indicates that by 2020, the U.S. nursing shortage will grow to more than 800,000 registered nurses. How can we put a serious dent in stemming this dangerous tide unless nurses take an active role in seeking possible solutions to the problem? This blog will attempt to openly discuss and address major issues confronting the nursing profession, health care issues, and nursing education.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Lessons from 9/11 and Katrina

Where were you on the morning of Sept 11, 2001? I woke early as usual and happened to be watching financial news when a scroller along the bottom mentioned a plane hitting the World Trade Center. I don't know why, but I switched over to CNN and watched in horror as the second plane approached and then struck. It was immediately clear that America had been attacked. We all know about the devastation that followed at the Pentagon as well as the loss of lives in a field in Pennsylvannia as the brave folks on Flight 93 managed to bring their plane down thereby saving the lives of others. Who could possibly watch the funeral processions for New York's brave firefighters with dry eyes?

Sept 11, 2001 is a date none of us should ever forget. In addition to police, firefighters, healthcare professionals, EMS and other first responders, over 40,000 good people from all over the world volunteered to assist in all aspects of relief and clean up efforts.

Fast forward to 2005- Hurricane Katrina devastates parts of coastal Mississippi and Alabama. Levees break in New Orleans resulting in catastrophic flooding and outrageous suffering for thousands.

What do these events have in common and what do they have to do with "Nursing Career News", or career guidance for other healthcare professions?

Everything.

Each of these events accentuate the critical need for Nurses, EMTs, first responders of all types, public health practitioners, healthcare managers, administrators, and allied health professionals of all sorts to broaden their education and career preparedness in all aspects of emergency response and disaster management.

The Jihadists haven't gone away - neither has the potential for natural disasters.

Both events teach us that every nurse, EMT, public health worker, and healthcare manager could find themselves needing to organize and manage massive casualties and disaster management efforts at any time - and at any place. You ARE the front line of survival whether it be a natural event such as fire, flood, or tornado, or whether a man-made event such as 9/11.

Who better to organize disaster management or public health preparedness than those of us who already have degrees or backgrounds in Nursing, as EMT's, Paramedics, allied health, or healthcare management professions? Political appointees like the head of FEMA? I don't think so! Besides, when disaster strikes, you will be the ones who have to cope with it first, and it won't matter whether you're an ER nurse or a labor and delivery nurse - the public will be counting on you.

Nurses and others who might be interested in looking into a degree in public health, EMS Management, healthcare management, or disaster management can find accredited online programs here: Healthcare Management Degrees

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