Assessment 3

Community Crises


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Create a 10-slide PowerPoint presentation that compares how different communities respond to crises, describes obstacles to providing health care services related to community crises, and explains current practices for providing health care services related to community crises.  Recommend an evidence-based nursing response for providing health care services related to community crises.

As in acute nursing, emergencies do arise in the community/public health arena.  These emergencies can take the form of manmade or natural disasters.  Health care professionals have had to increase their awareness of their duty to care during these situations.  The need for planning and preparing for these possible events is being reinforced (Tomczyk, et al., 2008).  Public health nurses bring specific skills to disaster response.  Their roles can range from first responders to policy developers.


Tomczyk, D., Alvarez, D., Borgman, P., Cartier, M., Caulum, L., Galloway, C., … Meske, D. (2008). Caring for those who care: The role of the occupational health nurse in disasters. AAOHN Journal, 56(6), 243–250.

To deepen your understanding, you are encouraged to consider the questions below

What would you do in the event of a disaster?

What information would be critical to have, to ensure appropriate care for your loved ones?


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Kane-Urrabazo, C. (2007). Duty in a time of disaster: A concept analysis. Nursing Forum, 42(2), 56–64.

VanVactor, J. D. (2011). Health care logistics: Who has the ball during disaster? Emerging Health Threats, 41, 1–7.

Maurer, F. A., & Smith, C. M. (2013). Community/public health nursing practice: Health for families and populations (5th ed.). St. Louis, MO: W. B. Saunders.

Chapter 22.

Internet Resources

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Lee, C. H. (2010). Disaster and mass casualty triage. American Medical Association Journal of Ethics, 12(6), 466–470. Retrieved from

Columbia University Medical Center. (n.d.). National center for disaster preparedness. Retrieved from

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (n.d.). Emergency preparedness and response: Preparation and planning. Retrieved from

Ward, J. (2012, November 28). Guidelines for nurses: How to prepare for a natural disaster. Retrieved from


Suppose you have been invited to participate in a roundtable discussion meeting on the development of a community response to crises.  To prepare for this discussion, you have been asked to research ways that other communities have provided health care services during crisis situations, identify best practices, and develop a nursing response for providing health care services. You would be presenting your research and nursing response to the roundtable panel during the meeting.

Select two communities that have suffered a crisis of some kind within ten years of each other. For example, you might choose to look at New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina in comparison to New Jersey and Hurricane Sandy. You might address the 2011 tornado outbreak and compare the response of Joplin, Missouri with the response of Birmingham, Alabama. Or, you might choose to look at the responses to volcano eruptions in Hawaii as compared to Washington State. You are not limited to natural disasters; feel free to explore environmental disasters and outbreaks of disease. Try to choose the type of crisis situation that could occur within your own community.

Once you have selected your two communities and their comparable crisis situations, look on the internet for scholarly journal articles on how health care professionals responded to the crises.

Select any two communities that you feel comfortable writing about.


For this assessment, create a PowerPoint presentation that examines provision of health care services related to community crises, from a nursing perspective. In your PowerPoint, address the following:

Compare the different approaches of two communities for responding to a community crisis.

Explain how the crisis situation in each community affected the overall health of the community.

Describe potential obstacles in your own community to providing health care services related to community crises.

Explain current practices in your own community for providing health care services related to community crises.

Recommend an evidence-based nursing response for providing health care services related to community crises.

Your nursing response does not need to be overly detailed.  In real life, a nursing response would be the work of a committee or another group, based on the research and recommendations of others.

Your nursing response should provide foundational research and recommendations based on evidence.  Consider things such as triage points, communication methods, caring for staff, providing basic necessities such as food and water, use of other organizations for shelter, and so on.

Use the Notes section of each PowerPoint slide to expand your points and provide supporting evidence.

Additional Requirements

Complete your assessment using the following specifications:

Include a title slide and reference slide.

Number of slides: 10.

At least 3 current scholarly or professional resources.

APA format for in-text citations and references.

Be creative.  Consider your target audience.

Scoring Guide

1.  Explains how a crisis affects community health, in both the short-term and the long-term.

2.  Compares and contrasts different approaches for responding to a community crisis, and identifies key lessons learned that can be applied to similar situations.

3.  Describes obstacles to providing health care services related to a community crisis, and identifies strategies for overcoming obstacles.

4.  Recommends an evidence-based nursing response for providing health care services related to community crises, and clearly shows how the response will be effective and efficient.

5.  Explains current practices for providing health care services related to community crises, and identifies key areas for improvement.

6.  Writes clearly and logically with correct use of spelling, grammar, punctuation, and mechanics; uses relevant evidence to support a central idea.

7.  Correctly formats citations and references, using current APA style with no errors.

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