War on Terrorism: Ulster Nurses Lead World in Fight against Bio-Terrorism

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THE University of Ulster is to become the first university in the world to train nurses to combat bio-terrorism, following the spate of anthrax attacks in the US.

It has teamed up with the University of Rochester in New York State to develop a joint course that will equip nurses with the skills to treat people exposed to chemical and biological warfare.

The course is a development of the University of Ulster's Master of Science degree in disaster relief nursing - the only one of its kind in the world.

Students from the university and the University of Rochester will study the joint course simultaneously via the UU's Campus One e-learning initiative.

Professor Clive Mulholland, director of the UU Institute for Lifelong Learning, said: "The University of Rochester is one of our strategic partners in the US and we are looking forward to developing e-learning programmes with them.

"They have an excellent school of nursing and there is a natural synergy with our e-learning and nurse training and research expertise, particularly our unique MSc in disaster relief nursing. The existing course is being adapted following the terrible terrorist attacks of September 11 and the subsequent anthrax threats.

"The anthrax attacks demonstrate the need for proper disaster planning and the need for nurses and other medical experts with the skills to deal with such situations."

Currently, there are 30 nurses spread taking the three-year disaster relief nursing programme. Seven nurses are already on location at potential disaster situations in Eastern Europe and Africa. …