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The Challenges and Opportunities in Disaster Nursing Education in Turkey

Kalanlar, Bilge, PhD

doi: 10.1097/JTN.0000000000000417

Despite the key role of nurses in the disaster management process, there are still few studies in Turkey that have investigated the unique role of nurses in disasters. The aim of this study is to assess the challenges and opportunities in disaster nursing education in Turkey. In this context, this article will discuss disaster nursing, the role of nurses in disasters, and topics related to disaster nursing education within the framework of the current national and international literature, and provide recommendations. An integrative narrative analysis was conducted of studies published in English and Turkish in the literature between 2011 and 2016. This study has found that the inadequacies in the fields of education, practice, and research present the most important challenges of disaster nursing education in Turkey, and due to these challenges disaster nursing in Turkey is not very well known and has not sufficiently developed. The results of this study indicate that there is a need for conducting undergraduate and graduate disaster nursing education on the national and international scale and delivering in-service training programs for working nurses.

Nursing Faculty, Department of Public Health Nursing, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey.

Correspondence: Bilge Kalanlar, PhD, Nursing Faculty, Department of Public Health Nursing, Hacettepe University, 06100 Sıhıye, Ankara, Turkey (

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

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