The rate of disasters and emergencies is on the rise across the United States and world (Hoeppe, 2016). As a DNP scholar, organizations and communities will require your expertise in times of crisis. Consider your role in leading emergency preparedness and management and address the following.

  • Describe one evidence-based strategy for leading emergency preparedness.
  • Identify one evidence-based strategy for shaping healthcare system outcomes in disaster.
  • Examine the disaster risks for your  local community. Identify two priority concerns. Describe the significance of these issues of concern.
  • Identify one professional organization active in emergency preparedness or disaster response. Describe the services provided.

Analyze the role of advance nursing practice in disaster and emergency management. 

Reflection on Learning

Reflective inquiry allows for expansion in self-awareness, identification of knowledge gaps, and assessment of learning goals. Each week, you will reflect upon what you have learned and complete a reflective journal assignment: Reflection on Learning. Each weekly reflection is placed in one document, which will be submitted for grading at the end of Week 7. There is no weekly reflection in Week 8 because a reflection is incorporated into the discussion question. Please review the Reflection Guidelines and Rubric for complete assignment requirements. Create a document where you will keep your weekly reflection.

In your document, write 2 paragraphs reflecting on your experience of beginning your journey to achieve your DNP and becoming a practice scholar

  • As you assess your learning, provide one specific example of how you achieved the weekly objective(s):
  • In and after a disaster, what ethical questions arise regarding the fair allocation of relief funds to help with recovery?
  • What do you value most about your learning this week?

Hello, and welcome to Week 6! We have a busy and important week ahead. The call for disaster and emergency management has never been more relevant than it is today with the increasing global frequency of disasters. In recent years, there has been a steady rise in both the magnitude and frequency of disasters and public health emergencies in the United States and beyond. In fact, disasters have increasingly become a global concern as an event in one region often affects other regions. Did you know that DNP-prepared nurses are the frontline of the healthcare system, providing leadership for staff and clinical care for disaster victims during emergencies? Practice scholars bring vision and order to chaos through strategic decision making and guidance through the phases of a crisis. Are you ready to provide strategic insight and influence during crises and organizational challenges? Let’s begin!

Week 6: Student Lesson Plan for Learning Success

Outcomes, Objectives, and Concepts

Weekly OutcomesWeekly Objectives Main Topics and Concepts
Analyze the role of advance nursing practice in disaster and emergency management. (PO 8)Identify the role of the practice scholar in leading disaster preparedness.Examine the five phases of emergency management.National Emergency Preparedness and ManagementNational Incident Management System (NIMS) TrainingEmergency Management in Action

Foundations for Learning

Start your learning for the week by reviewing the role of nurse leaders in disaster preparedness.

Veenema, T. G., Griffin, A., Gable, A. R., MacIntyre, L., Simons, R. N., Couig, M. P., & Larson, E. (2016). Nurses as leaders in disaster preparedness and response—A call to action. Journal of Nursing Scholarship48(2), 187-200.

Student Learning Activities

Learning ActivitiesThis week you will complete: PrepareAssigned ReadingsExplore

Interactive LessonTranslate to PracticeDiscussion Question ReflectReflection on Learning
Additional ResourcesEmergency Training Hospital Incident Command System (HICS). (2018). The Center for HICS Education and Training. The below websites address emergency preparedness. Ready (Links to an external site.)National Safety Council (Links to an external site.)Centers for Disease Control: Emergency Preparedness and Response (Links to an external site.)

Learning Success Strategies

  • National Emergency Management and Preparedness
  • FEMA logo week 6The United States Department of Homeland Security specially appointed Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides national emergency management. Initially, four phases of Emergency Management were used to underpin a continuous cycle of emergency planning and action. These phases included preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery. In 2018, FEMA identified five phases as critical to achieving the goal of national preparedness. These five phases include prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery to reflect the expansion of homeland security activities in the management of disasters. It is notable that preparedness is no longer recognized as a single phase. This change underscores the premise that preparedness results through the enactment of these five phases. The national preparedness goal is written from a whole community perspective, including local, state, federal, tribal government, nonprofits, the private sector, and individuals, among others.
  • View the following activity to examine the phases of emergency management.
  • National Incident Management System
  • NIMS Cover Image
  • In an effort to standardize structures, processes, and equipment, FEMA instituted the National Incident Management System (NIMS) to improve emergency response and preparedness across the country. Emergency management largely occurs at the local and state level, leading to varying responses to large and small-scale disasters. To better improve the nation’s response to emergencies and allocation of resources, NIMS provides a comprehensive approach to guide emergency management at the community and state levels. The incident command system (ICS) is a standardized approach to the command, control, and coordination of an emergency response. This management tool facilitates the distribution of personnel and resources from across jurisdictions and disciplines to join together in an effective and efficient manner to identify key concerns associated with the incident. In addition, NIMS offers training for all levels of governmental and nongovernmental agencies, and aligns with the National Response Framework (NRF) which provides the structure and mechanisms for national-level emergency management policy.
  • All agencies and organizations, including hospitals and healthcare systems receiving federal preparedness and response grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements (e.g., Bioterrorism Hospital Preparedness Program, Department of Homeland Security grants) are required to implement NIMS. These facilities do not include nonhospital receivers (i.e., nursing homes, assisted living communities, long-term care facilities and specialty hospitals). However, nonhospital receivers are strongly encouraged to work with local hospitals, public health departments, and emergency management systems to integrate applicable elements of NIMS to better support communication and disaster coordination (FEMA, 2018). In addition to implementing NIMS, participating hospitals are required to have and maintain an emergency management plan. NIMS training is used in many hospitals and health care agencies to prepare leaders for emergency management.

Week 6: Emergency Training

Table of Contents

National Incident Management System (NIMS) Training

Natural and man-made disasters have been increasing while the populations impacted by these disasters have also been increasing (Hoeppe, 2016). Across all levels of nursing, emergency preparedness training and education are now recognized as a critical skill and each nurse has the responsibility to understand the health impact of disaster events and the nurses’ role in responding. DNP scholars often hold positions within the emergency management plan or oversee the compliance of emergency management training. In these roles, DNP scholars communicate and collaborate with external agencies responsible for working with vulnerable populations during an emergency.

Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA): Emergency Management Institute Training

Complete the following Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA): Emergency Management Institute courses using these instructions (Links to an external site.):

You will be required to submit the three required certificates of completion in week 8.

Emergency Management in Action

Now, play Stop Disasters! (Links to an external site.), an interactive game developed by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), to explore leadership decisions in emergency management.


Hoeppe, P. (2016). Trends in weather related disasters-Consequences for insurers and society. Weather and Climate Extremes11, 70-79.

United States. Department of Homeland Security. (2011). National Incident Management System training program. [Washington, D.C.]: Dept. of Homeland Security.

United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency. (2008). FEMA disaster program information. FEMA.

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