227176 LAC DPH Health Service Response Worker Trainings

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Diana Sosa, RN, PHN, MSN/MPH , Public Health Nursing Administration, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Los Angeles, CA
Lucille M. Rayford, RN, PHN, MSN , Public Health Nursing Administration, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, CA
Lisa Crowder, RN/PHN, MSN , Public Health Nursing Administration, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Los Angeles, CA
Soraya Montoya, RN, CNS, MSN/MPH , Nursing Admin - Education and Professional Development Unit, County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Health, Los Angeles, CA
Licensed nursing personnel must be equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to respond and provide population based care during emergencies. As devastating disasters have occurred, such as a Tsunami in Southeast Asia, Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and an Earthquake in Haiti, during natural or man made disasters emergency preparedness has been a crucial element to the response phase of an emergency. Insuring that licensed nursing personal are equipped with the necessary skill to face all types of emergencies has been an ongoing goal of Los Angeles Department of Public Health (LAC-DPH)

In response to meeting this goal, collaborations/partnerships have been established by LAC DPH with the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Red Cross (ARC). Forty two employees were certified during 2007 and 2008 as BCLS instructors through AHA. The Public Health Nursing BCLS instructors have certified a major portion of DPH licensed nursing personnel and medical doctors in BCLS and First Aid. Currently, DPH Nursing Administration is working on becoming a training center.

Nurses have also trained through the ARC as instructors to provide workshops in Health Service response. The instructors collaborate with ARC to provide training workshops to the licensed nursing personnel. Now many nurses are trained to respond in emergency response shelters. Licensed nursing personnel are on call as emergency responders to assist as shelter support as needed in local disaster shelters such as floods, and fire emergencies. The collaborations continue to bring forth new educational and skills training opportunities that will increase the capacity, skills and knowledge of the LAC DPH nursing licensed personnel in emergency disaster response. For a full and timely response depends on a competent workforce that is prepared for both acute and mass casualty needs of the impacted population as well as the long-term needs of the community (Weiner, 2006).

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related education
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe Los Angeles County Department of Public Health approach to train nursing license personnel for emergency disaster preparedness.

Keywords: Public Health Education, Disasters

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Public Health Educator who coordinates the BCLS, First Aid and BCLS for LA County Department of Public Health, Nursing Administration.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.