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Business Continuity Planning for Nursing Schools

Preparation for Potential Disasters

Zerwic, Julie J. PhD, RN; Rosen, Denise

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000207
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Nursing schools are vulnerable to disasters, ranging from pandemics to weather emergencies, fires, and acts of terrorism. To ensure minimal disruptions to teaching, provision of care, research, and other critical missions, nursing faculty and administrative leaders should develop a business continuity plan. The business continuity plan can help faculty, students, and administration identify critical functions and alternative plans if an emergency occurs. We offer our experience as a guide for other nursing schools.

Author Affiliations: Executive Associate Dean and Professor (Dr Zerwic), Director of Facilities (Ms Rosen), University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Zerwic, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing (MC 802), 845 S Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60612 (

Accepted for publication: July 3, 2015

Published ahead of print: August 25, 2015

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