Alice Fothergill, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont. Mary Val Palumbo, D.N.P., A.P.R.N., is Director, Office of Nursing Workforce Research, Planning and Development, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont. Betty Rambur, D.N.Sc., R.N., is Professor of Nursing and Dean, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont. Kyndaron Reinier, Ph.D., is Postdoctoral Associate, Oregon SUDS Project, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon. Barbara McIntosh, Ph.D., is Professor, School of Business Administration, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont.
The Volunteer Potential of Inactive Nurses for Disaster Preparedness
Article first published online: 14 OCT 2005
Public Health Nursing
Volume 22, Issue 5, pages 414–421, September 2005
How to Cite
Fothergill, A., Palumbo, M. V., Rambur, B., Reinier, K. and McIntosh, B. (2005), The Volunteer Potential of Inactive Nurses for Disaster Preparedness. Public Health Nursing, 22: 414–421. doi: 10.1111/j.0737-1209.2005.220506.x
- Issue published online: 14 OCT 2005
- Article first published online: 14 OCT 2005
- emergency preparedness;
- inactive nurses;
Abstract Objectives: Inactive nurses' interest in volunteering for emergency preparedness was examined. Methods: A mail survey was sent to the entire Vermont Board of Nursing list of in-state inactive and lapsed registered nurses (n = 3,682). A high rate of undeliverable surveys (60%) was found and 611 surveys were returned for a 20% response rate. Results: Twenty-seven percent of the respondents were interested in volunteering. Those interested in participating in volunteer work as part of a national homeland security effort were significantly more likely to (a) be younger in age (p < 0.0001); (b) identify themselves as “being a nurse” (p = 0.001); (c) be employed versus retired (p = 0.002); and (d) be currently volunteers (p = 0.001). Conclusions: Because 33% of the nation's nurses are over age 50, inactive nurses offer a potentially large pool of volunteers for emergency preparedness training and response in the years to come.