What are the most common domains of the core competencies of disaster nursing? A scoping review

Abdulellah Al Thobaity, Virginia Plummer, Brett Williams

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Aim: Scoping review was conducted to identify the most common domains of the core competencies of disaster nursing. Background: Nurses play an essential role in all phases of disaster management. For nurses to respond competently, they must be equipped with the skills to provide comprehensive and holistic care to the populations affected by or at risk of disasters. Methods: A scoping review was conducted using the Joanna Briggs Institute methodology. The review used information from six databases: the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, Ovid MEDLINE, ScienceDirect, ProQuest, Scopus and the Education Resources Information Center. Keywords and inclusion and exclusion criteria were identified as strategies to use in this review. Results: Twelve studies were eligible for result extraction, as they listed domains of the core competencies. These domains varied among studies. However, the most common domains were related to communication, planning, decontamination and safety, the Incident Command System and ethics. Conclusion: Knowledge of the domains of the core competencies, such as understanding the content and location of the disaster plan, communication during disaster and ethical issues is fundamental for nurses. Including these domains in the planning and provision of training for nurses, such as disaster drills, will strengthen their preparedness to respond competently to disaster cases. Nurses must be involved in future research in this area to explore and describe their fundamental competencies in each domain.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-71
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Emergency Nursing
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017


  • Competency
  • Disaster
  • Knowledge
  • Management
  • Nursing
  • Preparedness
  • Review
  • Skills

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