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The primary aim of this paper is to provide long term care facilities effective teaching tools and methods to use with their initial and ongoing staff, to maintain staff readiness when faced with evacuation of their facility during a disaster. The secondary aim is to increase staff knowledge and comfort during and actual evacuation to maintain the safety and well being of their long term care residents. Historically long term care facilities had not been as well prepared as acute care hospitals with disaster planning due to lack of funding, minimal regulatory requirements and community partnering. Despite this, they were faced with the same dilemmas as acute care hospitals with response and decision making during a disaster. Over time, and with more man-made and natural disasters, regulations were put in place for long term care facilities to develop and maintain emergency operations plans. These operation plans were required to include all potential events that may occur during a disaster; specifically how to manage an evacuation of a facility. It also included a required annual drill and a method to evaluate performance and address deficits. A survey of long-term facilities demonstrated that written plans were in place, but implementation of these plans, and performance evaluations of exercises were not being performed. This was partly due to the challenges of both the patient population in long-term care and the rapid turnover of staff to maintain readiness. This education plan was developed to include an initial orientation seminar for all newly hired staff. Annually a full-scale drill will be performed with a debrief, or evaluation of performance with deficits identified. Finally quarterly tabletop drill will be performed to address previously identified deficits, or newly identified areas of need. Teaching methods, such as simulation and the teach back method will be utilized to maximize learning.
This collection consists of theses for the Master of Science in Nursing at Point Loma Nazarene University, completed between 2012 and 2016 when the program included a thesis requirement. These items were provided to the library by their authors with the permission required to make them freely available for access. These works remain the intellectual property of their authors.