NURS 4211 Disaster Planning Discussion
NURS 4211 Disaster Planning Discussion
Scenario: You are the PHN working at your local public
health department in the nursing division. It is the middle of summer, and you
have been receiving telephone calls asking about “the flu season” since the
vaccine wasn’t accurate in predicting the strains of influenza that affected
your community last year, and many people contracted the virus. Business and
community leaders are concerned because they don’t want a repeat performance of
last year. You have been asked to develop some solutions to community concerns.
Select two of the following scenarios and respond to the questions that are
posed in each. As you consider the scenarios you have selected, think about the
following considerations as you develop your responses.
Which agencies are available to lead and assist in the
What resources are available in your community?
How might resources be used most efficiently?
Are there any gaps that may pose a problem?
Identify potential strengths and weaknesses in the community
Scenario 1: Imagine that initial pandemic flu cases have
been identified in your jurisdiction. Some people are home sick, and others are
staying home fearful that they may become infected with the flu. What advice
would you give to local business owners to prepare for this event? Name two
actions that business owners can take to keep their businesses open.
Scenario 1, Part B. As incidents of influenza continue to
rise, local business owners are worried about loss of revenue if several large
planned conventions are forced to cancel due to the flu. What advice can you
give these business owners? Should all events be cancelled?
Scenario 2: Disease rates are rising, and estimates are that
as many as 20% of the population are ill with confirmed influenza. Several
businesses have closed and services have been suspended. What advice would you
give to local law enforcement officials so they can continue to serve the needs
of the people? Describe two actions that law enforcement workers can take to
remain on the job. How will the gaps in personnel created by those who are ill
be covered by those who are still well? What advice will you give?
Scenario 3: Disease rates are remaining at 20% of the
population, and many schools have closed due to teacher absence. Since parents
still have to work if they are not sick with the flu, what advice can you give
day care providers? What two ideas can you share with them so they can stay
open and able to care for the children of working parents? Should all school
sporting events be cancelled? What information should parents be given? Should
announcements be given daily?
Scenario 4: The numbers of influenza victims has reached 25%
of the population. Many of the large grocery stores in your community are
short-staffed due to employee sick calls. Shelves are bare since many of the
workers are home with the flu, and even if the storeowner could stock the
shelves, cashiers are home sick, too. In-store pharmacists are struggling to
keep their pharmacies open to serve the public. Consumables like bread and milk
are in short supply since many delivery drivers are home sick. What two actions
can you recommend to these storeowners so that your community doesn’t suffer?
Scenario 5: With 25% of the total population sick with
influenza, your hospital is short of staff at a time of very high census. While
many of the administrative positions are unaffected by illness, at least 40% of
the nurses have called in sick or are at home caring for very sick children.
Name two recommendations that you can give your hospital administration to keep
their services available for the community.
Scenario 6: The community is turning to the Health
Department for assistance because reported incidents of influenza have risen
from 5% of the population to 10% of the population in a matter of days. What is
your first response to this situation? What steps will you take? Where will you
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Post your response to this Discussion.
Support your response with references from the professional
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in-text citations. Utilize essay-level writing practice and skills, including
the use of transitional material and organizational frames. Avoid quotes;
paraphrase to incorporate evidence into your own writing. A reference list is
required. Use the most current evidence (usually ? 5 years old).
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