The disaster nursing call to action was initiated by veterans emergency management evaluation center in 2014 to improve nursing readiness those efforts have resulted in the formation of the society for the advancement of disaster nursing and a commitment to make every rn ready to respond to a disaster event or public health emergency. This article highlights important aspects of disaster nursing a disaster is a catastrophic event that often leads to great destruction and loss 1 2 logue 1 defines a disaster as an event that causes excessive morbidity and mortality. The role of the public health nurse in disaster preparedness response and recovery apositionpaper associationofpublichealthnurses publichealthpreparednesscommittee. The ancc national healthcare disaster professional board certification examination is a competency based interprofessional entry level examination that provides a valid and reliable assessment of the knowledge skills and competencies of healthcare professionals relevant to all phases of the disaster preparedness mitigation response and . Recently i had the opportunity to provide nursing services after an earthquake disaster in the caribbean in this article i share my insights gained from that trip service opportunities and considerations for whether or not disaster relief nursing is an appropriate choice for you
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