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Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

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A survey was conducted among 51 emergency department nurses in both Michigan and Ohio from 2008 to 2009. A comparative design was used to analyze the surveyed data. The purpose of the study was to describe and compare the knowledge level of emergency department nurses with regards to disaster nursing, emergency preparedness, and correlating related nursing laws in their respective states of licensure. Results showed that there is no significant correlation between knowledge level of emergency and disaster preparedness and related laws to the state in which a nurse is licensed, but nurses in Michigan reported having more instruction in their nursing curriculum about this topic. Overall, the participants in both states expressed minimal knowledge about emergency and disaster preparedness and related laws; this is not up to current standards of expected practice.

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