Perception and Core Competencies of Disaster Nursing in South KoreaJi Young Noh1, Eui Geum Oh2*, Won Hee Lee2 and Mona Choi2
- Corresponding Author:
- Eui Geum Oh
50 Yonsei-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, Korea 03722
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: January 11, 2017; Accepted date: February 25, 2017; Published date: February 28, 2017
Citation: Noh JY, Oh EG, Lee WH, Choi M (2017) Perception and Core Competencies of Disaster Nursing in South Korea. J Nurs Care 6:383. doi:10.4172/2167-1168.1000383
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Background: A descriptive correlational study was conducted to investigate the disaster-related experience, perception, and core competency of nurses in South Korea. Methods: Data were collected through a self-administered questionnaire given to 163 nurses working in tertiary hospitals in Seoul, Korea. The questionnaire was developed based on the frame of Disaster Nursing Competencies by International Council of Nurses (ICN) and Emergency Preparedness Questionnaire (EPIQ). Results: In a 5-point scale, the awareness of nurses for disaster events, and the importance of education for disaster nursing were 3.93 ± 0.91 and 3.63 ± 0.93, respectively. Among ICN core competencies on perceived importance in disaster nursing, “Risk reduction, disease prevention and health promotion and psychological care” was scored highest, whereas “Policy development and planning, communication and information sharing” was the lowest. The higher level of awareness of a disaster was related to the higher level of perceived importance of education. Conclusion: The results support that the level of awareness of a disaster is a factor affecting the importance of education in disaster nursing. Thus, educational programs focusing on practical topics in disaster nursing should be developed for continuous training to increase the core competency and the understanding of disaster nursing.