“..the nursing workforce is inadequately prepared to respond to major disasters.”

“Approximately 2.8 million registered nurses represent the largest segment of the U.S. healthcare workforce” (Health Resources and Services Administration, 2013) The effectiveness of our healthcare system’s response to a disaster is dependent on the surge capacity of the nurse workforce and it’s critical that nurses are prepared to respond to any public health emergency. (NACNEP, 2009, p. 2)