Medical Consequences of Acts of Terrorism and Disaster: A National Perspective, 2nd Edition

About the Course
Terrorism has become a fact of daily life in the United States and most 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/or terrorist attack, as well as the role a healthcare provider plays in dealing with the medical consequences, syndromic surveillance/reporting requirements, and treatment are vital to successful mitigation and response in a disaster or terrorist attack. 

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to: 
  • Distinguish between terrorist acts, disasters, and emergencies. 
  • Explain the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Health Alert Network.
  • Correlate 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.
  • Describe the signs and symptoms of exposure to and emergency treatment for victims exposed to nuclear agents.

About the Authors
Laura Kay Wood, DNP, RN, CMCN, is a professor of graduate nursing at Purdue University Global. She received a DNP in executive leadership. Her EBP project focused on disaster nurse competencies. She holds a Master of Nursing in nursing education from Kaplan University. Her bachelor’s degree in nursing is also from Kaplan University. She is a board-certified managed care nurse. She has written and presented on disaster nursing. 

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, CE disaster offerings, written numerous disaster nursing articles, and given 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 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.

How to Receive Credit 
  • Read the entire course online or in print 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 Nursing: A mandatory Final Examination with a passing score of 70% 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.
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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
Colibri Healthcare, LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. 

Accredited Provider Program Director (AP-PD)
Deborah Martin, DNP, MBA, RN, NE-BC, FACHE, Director of Learning Innovation Colibri Healthcare, LLC

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