Bioterrorism and the Nurse's Response to Weapons of Mass Destruction, 2nd Edition


About Course #N1709

Release Date: June 30, 2016

Expiration Date: June 30, 2019

Terrorism has defined itself in today's culture as not just an emerging trend splintered from isolated distant countries, but as an ever-present domestic possibility. The proliferation of terrorism on U.S. soil has placed nurses of all disciplines, from the emergency department and public health to intensive care units, on the front lines of detection and treatment. Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), registered nurses (RNs), and licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) can benefit from knowing how to identify current tactics, as well as how to respond to incidents related to weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and terrorism. Nurses who are aware of public health preparedness guidelines can be instrumental in decreasing the casualties resulting from a WMD event.

Chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear WMDs are a constant threat to our country. Currently, most nurses are unprepared to recognize and care for victims of terrorism because of a lack knowledge and experience in this area. The purpose of this course is to help nurses develop the knowledge and skills needed to respond in the event of a terrorist attack. After this course, the nurse will understand the significance of an established command structure, the importance of detection, surveillance and identification of a threat, the triage process, the need for personal protection and containment, and the importance of crowd control. These are necessary components of an effective operational response to events both natural and as a result of terrorist actions. An overview of the federal disaster assistance available and access to the information provided by the Health Alert Network will arm the nurse with important information and resources to help during an initial response phase to a terrorist event, as well as in providing aftercare.

Nevada Nurses - This course fulfills your one-time Bioterrorism requirement.

About the Author(s)

Erik J. Usher, RN, BS, CEN, CPEN, EMT-P, CFRN, has over 27 years of prehospital and hospital-based emergency medicine experience, most recently as a Rotor-Wing Flight Nurse/Paramedic for Bayflite Aeromedical Program based in St. Petersburg, Florida. Mr. Usher worked collaboratively with the city of Las Vegas; Clark County, Nevada; and the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada post-9/11 as the chief flight nurse of Mercy Air Base 7 to help redefine the community's public health responses in acts of terror. Mr. Usher was intimately involved in the four 2004 hurricanes that struck Florida as a first responder to aid in the evacuation of patients from both DMAT stations and crippled hospitals.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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