Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness for Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Terrorism and Other Hazards

Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness for Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Terrorism and Other Hazards
4th Ed.
2019 © Springer Publishing Company, LLC
Tener Goodwin Veenema PhD, MPH, MS, CPNP, FAAN
ISBN-13: 978-0-82614-417-1
Nursing, Disaster Medicine


Featuring the most current, valid, and reliable evidence-based content available, this three-time AJN winner once again presents an unparalleled resource for disaster and emergency preparedness. Disasters lay heavy burdens upon healthcare systems that stretch all levels of society. While natural and man-made disasters are not new, the global nature, rate, type, and totality of their impact has only increased. The fourth edition of this foundational text uniquely addresses the rapid changes in these crises and analyzes the latest attempts to provide timely, multidisciplinary healthcare.

Nurses consistently comprise seventy or more percent of responders to local, national, regional, and global crises, and represent a potentially untapped resource to achieve surge capacity goals and optimize population health outcomes. Considering recent world events and increasing geopolitical tensions, Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness, Fourth Edition now features expanded content on the ubiquitous threat of terrorism, potential detonation of thermonuclear weapons, emerging and reemerging infectious diseases, and increasing frequency and intensity of natural disasters from climate change.

This text promotes competency-based expert nursing care during disasters and positive health outcomes for small and large populations consistent with the Federal Disaster Response Framework. Whenever possible, content is mapped to published core competencies for preparing health professions’ students for response to terrorism, disaster events, and public health emergencies. The fourth edition retains the clearly organized format in each chapter that includes an overview, learning objectives, a summary, and case study with reflective questions.

New to the Fourth Edition:

  • • Addresses the most recent landmark agreements
  • • Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030, the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, and the Paris Climate Agreement
  • • Covers public health emergencies involving community violence and civil unrest
  • • Expands coverage of planning for and accommodating high-risk, high-vulnerability populations
  • • Aligns with the U.S. National Health Security Strategy and the National Planning Frameworks
  • • Provides focused content on medical countermeasures
  • • Includes an improved instructor package with guide, PowerPoint slides, and case studies with questions for reflection in every chapter

Doody's Reviews

Score: 90/100
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Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"This is an excellent book for nurses and an excellent resource for community emergency response teams or systems."

-- Anna Jarrett, PhD, ACNP-ACNS, (University of Arkansas) Doody's Review

"This is a comprehensive manual on disaster nursing with current information which justifies replacing the previous edition. What a wonderful resource!"

-- Anna Jarrett, PhD, ACNP-ACNS, (University of Arkansas) Doody's Review - previous edition

"I would recommend this book to anyone who is involved in disaster preparedness and to any nurse who is intelligent enough to recognize the dangers in today's world. To quote the author, "This book is broad in scope and deep in detail."

-- Charlotte Walker, MNSc (Central Arkansas Veterans Hospital) Doody's Review - previous edition


The intended audience is nurses responding to disasters, which is appropriate, but the audience could be expanded to include paramedics, EMTs, and persons on emergency response teams. The author is academically and professionally credible in this area. She is a highly successful editor, prolific author, and distinguished nursing scholar.

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