Disasters have plagued the earth since the beginning of time and will continue to be a part of life as long as the earth exist. Disasters can be either natural or man made, regardless of which one, they are always devastating to mankind. The risk of disasters, both natural and man made, has increased tremendously in recent years. The increasing risk of terror attacks and worldly unrest has become commonplace in our society, causing federal, state, and local governments to act on disaster planning and education. Most of the literature has revealed weaknesses in the nation’s preparedness for disaster, especially the health care system. Nurses, especially Advanced Practice Nurses such as nurse practitioners, who make up the largest segment of the healthcare community, need special training and education to perform proficiently. With this in mind, the purpose of this project is to bring awareness and knowledge regarding the value and significance of the role of the nurse practitioner in disaster preparedness. The theoretical foundation that guided this project regarding the role of the nurse practitioner is that of Patricia Benner’s Novice to Expert philosophy. Maslow’s Heirarchy of needs supplemented the project in reference to disaster preparedness.


Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


Graduate Nursing

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First Advisor

Dr. Brenda Smith

Second Advisor

Dr. Sandra Kirkland

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Nursing Commons