|1. ||Basic description—The disaster/bioterrorism nurse works in
disaster areas that are the result of a bioterrorist attack or in
situations caused by natural disaster, war, or poverty. Red Cross
nurses are often part of the network that provides assistance
during times of disaster or conflict. The nature of the work will
vary depending on the course of the disaster or conflict.|
|2. ||Educational requirements—RN preparation. Red Cross nurses
must have special training and 20 hours of volunteer or paid
service before being assigned to a disaster situation.|
|3. ||Core competencies/skills needed:|
|• ||Emergency room or critical care experience|
|• ||Experience with local disaster action teams|
|• ||Management skills|
|• ||Ability to meet the needs of people in crisis and high
|• ||Knowledge of disaster preparedness and basic first aid|
|4. ||Compensation—Varies with place of employment and geographic location. No compensation if volunteer effort.|
|5. ||Employment outlook—Moderate to high|
|6. ||Related Web sites and professional organizations:|
|• ||American Red Cross: www.redcross.org|
|• ||American Nurses Association: Bioterrorism and Disaster Response: http://www.nursingworld.org/news/disaster/|
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: 101 Careers in Nursing.
Contributors: Jeanne M. Novotny - Editor, Doris T. Lippman - Editor, Nicole K. Sanders - Editor, Joyce J. Fitzpatrick - Editor.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 2003.
Page number: 38.
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