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Preparing Nursing Students for Leadership Using a Disaster-Related Simulation

Smith, Sherrill PhD, RN, CNL, CNE; Farra, Sharon PhD, RN, CNE; Dempsey, Anita PhD, APRN, PMHCNS-BC; Arms, Deborah PhD, RN

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000143
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Increasing numbers and severity of disasters across the globe require nurses to be prepared to provide leadership in disaster situations. To address this need, a combination of didactic and simulation exercises was used to provide a daylong experience emphasizing application of nursing leadership skills in disasters to senior baccalaureate students. Evaluation of learning outcomes demonstrated significant improvement in student self-efficacy related to leadership in disasters.

Author Affiliations: Associate Professor (Dr Smith) and Assistant Professors (Drs Farra, Dempsey, and Arms), College of Nursing and Health, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.

The work described in this article was supported by a Wright State University College of Nursing Health Faculty Seed Grant, a Zeta Phi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau grant.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Smith, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435 (

Accepted for publication: December 13, 2014

Published ahead of print: February 13, 2015

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