101 Careers in Nursing

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Disaster/Bioterrorism Nurse
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 stress situations
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/

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