NURS 459 Emergency Preparedness And Crisis Response Workshop Assignment

NURS 459 Fall 2023 (Updated 10.22.23)

Emergency Preparedness & Crisis Response Workshop

16 Points

  • Part I: Preparation (5 pts.)
  • Part II: Participation (Required)
  • Part III: Discussion (11 pts.)

Format: This workshop is virtual and asynchronous. Each presentation will be presented separately. The suggested assignment completion plan follows:

  • Complete Part I Preparation on Monday
  • Listen to asynchronous presentations on Tuesday and Wednesday. Each are about one hour in length.
  • Complete initial Post by Thursday and Peer Responses by Sunday evening

GOAL: Students will develop knowledge about emergency preparedness and crisis response for emergencies and crises affecting individuals/families and communities and how to respond to emergencies and crises as individual nurses and as members of an interdisciplinary team.


  1. Describe the four emergency or disaster phases of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.
  2. Discuss the roles, responsibilities and obligations of professional nurses in relation to emergencies and crises at the individual, family, and community levels.
  3. Create community level PHN intervention responses to an emergency occurring in the community.
  4. Identify community resources for crises occurring with individuals, families, communities that are available to community health and social services providers.
  5. Identify online resources that may be used to provide information, education, and guidance about current and future emergencies and appropriate responses.


The following print and online resources will help you prepare for Parts II and III of the workshop. Review at least 2 resources in A. and B. Review the resources in C.

  1. Disaster Preparedness
  2. American Nurses Association.  Disaster Preparedness. There are several documents in Helping You Be Prepared and updates in What Nurses Need to Know.
  3. Healthy People 2030. (2020). Preparedness. Review Overview, Objectives, Interventions & Resources.

Emergency Preparedness – Healthy People 2030 |

  • Schoon, Porta, & Schaffer. (2019). Chapter 7, pp. 149-150.

Emergency nurses’ perceptions regarding the risks appraisal of the threat of the emerging infectious disease situation in emergency departments (

  1. Minnesota’s Statutes and Rules on Emergency Preparedness, Disease Outbreaks, and Volunteer Protections
  2. MDH, Emergency Preparedness and Response
  3. Minnesota Responds Medical Reserve Corps  
  4. FEMA: Disaster Information
  5. Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response


A. Minnesota Emergency Preparedness and Response

Angie Koch, MPH, Planning Director State – Health Care Coalition

Center for Emergency Preparedness and Response

Minnesota Department of Health

B. Public Health Response and Recovery: Table-Top Presentation

     Lia Roberts DNP, RN, PHN, Public Health Preparedness Coordinator

     Dakota County Public Health  

  1. Simulation: You will participate in an Emergency Preparedness Simulation that includes the phases of Prevention, Preparation, Response, and Recovery.
    1. Download the MDH, Measles Post-Exposure handout posted on D2L to use during the simulation.
    1. Download the Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Recovery Table-top Simulation Worksheetposted on D2L to complete during the simulation discussion.

C. Assessment and Care for Victims of Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault

Angela Carlson, RN, BSN, SANE-A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner

     Regions Hospital SANE Program

Cynthia Hassan, Child Protection Screener

     Ramsey County Social Service

Domestic and Sexual Violence (52 minutes), Molly Hayes, 360 Communities, Community Educator and Advocate.

360 Communities Website

     You might want to view the website and view Jordan’s story, a high school student,

     who was homeless and plans to become a nurse.

     Tyler’s Story, a survivor of domestic violence and a 360 client (15 minutes)

   Optional: “What Were You Wearing” video project that 360’s completed for sexual

   assault awareness month.  This video was created to help support survivors and end

   victim-blaming.  This video went viral around the world and became an online

   community of support through the comments. 


  1. Individual Posting: Part I: Preparation (4 pts.)

Answer the following five questions based on Part I Preparation.

  1. What did you learn about the roles and responsibilities of the professional nurse and interdisciplinary team in responding to emergencies at the state and local levels?
  2. What actions are nurses ethically responsible to provide? What does that mean for you as a nurse in your community?
  3. What is the Social Vulnerability Index? How does your county rate? Which groups of people and neighborhoods would be most vulnerable?
  4. What did you learn about current or potential emergencies that you did not know and that will be useful to you as a nurse?
  5. What online resources did you find that will be helpful for you in the future to prepare for and respond to emergencies in your community?
  6. Make sure you cite your sources and provide a Reference List.
  • Individual Posting: Part II: Participation (7 pts.)

Answer the following four  questions based on your Part II Participation.

  1. What were the most important things you learned about the role and activities of PHNs in emergency response at the state and local levels? What do you see at the nurse’s role in emergency preparedness and response (natural or manmade) when working as part of a team or with others in the community (Koch and Roberts presentations)?
    1. Consider your responsibility as a mandated reporter. How would you carry this responsibility out if you identified a person who had experienced interpersonal abuse? This could be a situation that occurred in your job or in your personal life. (Hassan presentation)
    1. What did you learn about responding to an individual who is in crisis or has been abused that you did not know before? How will this change your nursing practice in the future? (Carlson presentation)
    1. What did you learn about community resources that you could use when working with individuals or families experiencing domestic abuse? (Peter’s presentation and Tyler’s story and/or Jordan’s story)
  2. Make sure you cite your sources and provide a Reference List.
  • Response Posting to Peers: (4 pts.)
    • Respond thoughtfully to the initial posting of 2 peers.
    • What did you learn from peer posts?
    • Introduce new ideas based on your preparation and/or experiences.


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Part III: Discussion ForumFeedback and Grade
Initial Post, Preparation Discussion: Cite sources in your responses. Thoughtfully discussed key learnings about roles and responsibilities of nurses and interdisciplinary team in emergency preparedness and response. (1 pt.)Identifies ethical responsibilities expected of professional nurse in responding to emergency situations. (1 pt.)  Describes how the Social Vulnerability Index of your own community/county influences emergency responses. (1 pt. pts.)Identifies key learnings about the four disaster/emergency phases and how this information could be used in current or future nursing career. (1 pt.) Identifies one or more online resources that could be used in current or future nursing career to prepare for and respond to emergencies. (1 pt.)              ___/5 pts.
Initial Post, Participation Discussion: Demonstrates thoughtful answer to roles and responsibilities of professional nurses and PHNs in responding as part of an interdisciplinary to state and local emergencies. (1.25 pt.)Describes responsibilities of nurse as a mandated reporter (1.25 pt.)Describes process of responding to individuals experiencing interpersonal abuse (1.25 pt.) Describes what you learned about community resources that could be used to help families experiencing domestic violence (1.25 pt.)  Demonstrates understanding of how information learned about emergency and crisis response can be used by student in current and/or future career.  (1 pt.)Answers reflect content presented by a variety of speakers. Speakers are cited in responses. (1.0 pt.)                   ___/7 pts.
Response to Peers: Respond thoughtfully to the initial posting of 2 peers. (2 pts.)Compare and/or contrast what peers learned to what you learned while introducing new ideas. (2 pts.)                           ___/4 pts.