Date of Graduation

12-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Degree Level

Undergraduate

Department

Nursing

Advisor

McNeill, Charleen

Reader

Smith-Blair, Nan

Abstract

This research project investigates what modifiable factors impede nurses’ willingness to report to work during a disaster. The survey sample were nurses in the United States. Survey methodology was a snowball sampling initiated among nurses attending a PhD Program at the University of Texas at Tyler as well as the utilization of Facebook to recruit participants. The survey instrument determined likelihood of nurses reporting to work in various types of disasters and factors that may impede them from responding to such disasters. The online survey asked thirty-five “select all that apply” type questions and the results will be used to improve disaster response rates among nurses. Additionally, subscales were created utilizing Likert style questions for the concepts of risk, perceived duty, education, resources, and faith in healthcare facility leadership. Lastly, nurse preparedness was assessed by asking dichotomous questions pertaining to whether or not participants possess recommended items of preparedness. There is a great need to identify these modifiable factors in order to provide evidence-based data that will serve as a baseline for interventions to improve nurse willingness to report to work in times of dire need. This would not only increase the quality and quantity of patient care but also strengthen nurses’ perceived safety and confidence in the work place. Understanding these modifiable factors may lead to increased willingness to report to work in times of need, thus saving more lives with an adequate staffing of willing, competent nurses.

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