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NURS FPX 4060 Assessment 3: Disaster Recovery Plan

NURS FPX 4060 Assessment 3: Disaster Recovery Plan

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Good afternoon and a warm welcome to our community members including city officials and Disaster relief teams who have joined us to discuss pressing matters. The topic of my presentation is Disaster Recovery Plan.

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Disasters can have effect many people. Therefore, it is important to be prepared for any unexpected situation. However, there are several practices that can be put into place and implemented when disaster does strike. Pandemics like COVID-19 created a huge chaos in globally. NURS FPX 4060 Assessment 3: Disaster Recovery Plan. We’ve faced several issues due to our lack of preparation for the disaster, such as a lack of trained personnel, lack of supplies, inadequate communication, and delayed assistance. Our existing plans proved insufficient for the ever-changing conditions. In light of the recent circumstances, Valley City has taken charge to revise and update our disaster plan. Today we’ll be discussing the key points of this new plan.

NURS FPX 4060 Assessment 3: Disaster Recovery Plan

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The disaster management team has done a thorough analysis to determine patterns of how disasters affect certain populations or communities. It was found that some are more vulnerable than others due to their socioeconomic or other conditions, leading to direct and indirect effects on the health and safety of individuals. According to the WHO, these vulnerabilities can be divided into three categories: socio-economic, cultural, and physical barriers. Socioeconomic factors such as income influence how well households can handle unforeseen disasters, while less educated persons might have difficulties in following instructions from relief teams during chaos. Culturally, it is crucial for healthcare professionals to offer all groups and minorities equal care without discrimination. Physically, access to resources such as hospitals, roads, and food supply will contribute significantly to the implementation of evacuation protocols. Therefore, healthcare professionals ought to be mindful of all these factors when revising disaster plans in order to minimize unfortunate incidents from occurring – all lives are equally important and should be taken into consideration when distributing limited resources during a disaster (George et al, 2019).

NURS FPX 4060 Assessment 3: Disaster Recovery Plan

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As we move forward, understanding the different barriers that can impede our desired outcomes is just as important as understanding health determinants. Beaglehole and their team conducted a meta-analysis of the literature to identify 68 barriers which they then organized into five categories: cultural, social, economic, infrastructural and environmental. Low employment rates after the disaster and an unbalanced level of education among those affected were major issues preventing successful recovery. Additionally, access to remote areas proved to be difficult for providing needed resources such as food and healthcare, as well as for recruiting volunteers. Equity is a critical part of planning any disaster recovery plan (Beaglehole et al., 2018).

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NURS FPX 4060 Assessment 3: Disaster Recovery Plan

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It is clear that different types of barriers are interrelated. In the healthcare field, it is important for all stakeholders to come together to minimize the effect of a disaster and guarantee the safety of the community. Physical and environmental barriers tend to have a bigger impact because they often affect multiple areas at once; for example, damage to infrastructure can have an effect on gender, social status, and family finances. To ensure maximum community health benefits and safety, a clear and comprehensive research plan should be implemented that explores how these interrelationships work and allows for proper adjustments to be made.

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After closely examining the relevant factors, my team and I have created a disaster recovery plan using the MAP-IT framework. MAP-IT stands for Mobilize, Assess, Plan, Implement and Track, which is part of Healthy People 2020 goals (Zhang et al., 2018). To begin with, Mobilize – trained nurses assemble to work in partnership with various stakeholders – from those who create policy (e.g. Mayor’s office) to those in disaster relief teams (e.g. firefighters).

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Step 2 is assessing the disaster. Teams from public services such as first aid and emergency responders need to come together to accurately assess the severity of the situation. Reports and data collected from the site of the disaster will be used to adjust plans for distributing necessary services. This includes sending teams with necessary skills, as well as allocating resources, to ensure the safety of those affected by it.

Once the initial emergency hours have passed, hospitals will submit collected statistics to research departments for further analysis. This will allow for insight into numbers of infrastructure damage, casualties, and injuries sustained. Both short-term and long-term interventions must be implemented in order to minimize safety risks and eventually foster a healthy community once again.

NURS FPX 4060 Assessment 3: Disaster Recovery Plan

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Planning, implementation, and tracking progress are the next steps. Each of these is essential; proper planning allows for the successful execution of the disaster plan. For example, dividing tasks among management teams facilitates proper management, enabling crowd control and order in hospitals and relief camps. Additionally, a chain of command system is necessary to ensure that staff and volunteers can follow the appropriate map in which their efforts are optimally valued and used. Lastly, tracking the progress is crucial for the research team to identify how relief efforts are operating, thus allowing for better resource and manpower allocation where it is most needed.

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Discrimination is a common issue when creating any disaster relief plan; so how can this be overcome? The solution is simple: be understanding. Take into account the cultural diversity, social standing, ability levels, and other potential vulnerabilities when planning relief. We know from the stats of Valley City, ND that we have white, Latino, African American and Native American as community members. Invest in researching and devising a plan that attends to everyone’s needs in the best way possible. University research teams should also identify disadvantaged groups within the community. Equity should be prioritized when coming up with a plan; most resources should go to areas that are deemed ‘critical.’ Moreover, it’s very important to follow instructions and remain professional while providing care – especially during times of distress – without bias towards any ethnicity or minority group.

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Recent research and studies have demonstrated that communication is an ongoing issue for disaster response teams (Beaglehole et al., 2018). Healthcare nurses and staff often have difficulty communicating with patients from different backgrounds. To address this, we have proposed the utilization of language translator devices and language translating services. These devices will be available at hospitals and other relief locations to help bridge the language divide. For instance, InstaSpec is a device that provides such a service. Additionally, recruiting nurses from a diverse language-speaking community, such as those who speak Spanish, would serve to further aid in overcoming the language barrier issue (Nguyen et al., 2019).

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Let’s take a closer look at government policies in place that provide better assistance and care during times of disaster. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is responsible for providing relief in the event of a major disaster. FEMA can provide up to $5 million in aid,but may re-calculate the resources depending on the magnitude of the disaster. Additionally, multiple Acts and programs have been introduced to help those with greater vulnerability through disasters, such as AB 2327’s State Emergency Services Act which provides assistance to those affected without releasing sensitive federal information about the affected individual. D-SNAP (Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is another program that offers food assistance to low-income households after a natural disaster, regardless of immigration and legal status.

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This presentation focused on our disaster recovery plan, which was crafted based on the MAP-IT guidelines from Healthy People 2020 and 2030. Disasters can happen unexpectedly, thus it is essential to be prepared in advance and have an action plan to execute. I hope this presentation was helpful in detailing our aspirations to make healthcare a priority no matter what the circumstance may be.


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