Bioterrorism for Nevada Nurses, 2nd edition


About the Course: 
The threat of terrorism has become a fact of daily life in Nevada, as well as the rest of the world. It is not always obvious when a disaster is a terrorist attack, and not all emergencies or disasters are terrorist attacks. Understanding the basics of a disaster and terrorist attack—as well as the role the nurse plays in dealing with the medical consequences, syndromic surveillance/reporting requirements, and casualty treatment—are vital to successful mitigation and response in a disaster or terrorist attack. This continuing education course meets the Nevada Board of Nursing requirements for bioterrorism continuing education.

Learning Outcomes: 
Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to:

  • Distinguish between the different types of disasters and emergencies. 
  • Explain the Nevada Health Alert Network (NVHAN), including its purpose and the features unique to HAN.
  • Relate the different biological and chemical terrorism agents to their medical consequences. 
  • Describe the signs and symptoms of exposure to and emergency treatment for victims exposed to biological and chemical agents.
  • Correlate the different radiological terrorism agents to their medical consequences.
  • Identify personal protective equipment required for various acts of disaster incidents and terrorism.
  • Describe the signs and symptoms of exposure to and emergency treatment for victims exposed to nuclear agents.
  • Correlate the different weapons of mass destruction (WMD) to their medical consequences. 
  • Describe the signs and symptoms of exposure to and emergency treatment for victims exposed to weapons of mass destruction. 
  • Develop a disaster preparedness response for personal and professional terrorist response.


About the Author: 

Laura Kay Wood, DNP, RN, CMCN, is a professor of graduate nursing at Purdue University Global. She holds a doctorate in nursing practice with an executive leadership focus and holds a Master of Nursing in nursing education from Purdue University Global. Her bachelor’s degree in nursing is from Kaplan University. She is a board-certified managed care nurse and has held a variety of positions within nursing in pediatrics and health wellness. She is the owner and CEO of LK Legal Nurse Consultants. She has published CE disaster offerings and has written numerous disaster nursing articles.

Deborah S. Adelman, PhD, RN, NE-BC, is a professor of graduate nursing at Purdue University Global and a noted disaster nursing specialist who has responded to national and local disasters. She has published a disaster nursing textbook and continuing education (CE) disaster offerings, written numerous disaster nursing articles, and made presentations to various organizations on disaster nursing and response. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy with a human resource education focus from the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign College of Education and received a Master of Science in nursing administration with a focus on public health nursing from the University of Illinois, University Center. She has a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Illinois, Medical Center, College of Nursing. She is a board-certified nurse executive and has held a variety of positions within nursing in mental health, public health, and nursing administration. She is the owner and CEO of DSA Disaster and Education Consultants.
How to receive credit:

  • Read the entire course online, which requires a 4-hour commitment of time. 
  • At the end of the course, answer the Yes/No Affirmation question to indicate that you have completed the educational activity. 
  • Specific to Florida: A mandatory Final Examination with a passing score of 75% or higher is required. Exam questions link content to the course Learning Objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention. 
  • Provide required personal and payment information. 
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation. 
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.


Resolution of Conflict of Interest 
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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.  

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Accreditations and Approvals  
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