Four nursing faculty at The University of Texas at Tyler were invited to speak at the American Nurses Association policy conference, Dr. Linda Klotz, UT Tyler College of Nursing and Health Sciences dean, announced.
Belinda Deal, Rebecca Fountain, Melinda Hermanns and Carol Ann Russell-Broaddus, UT Tyler senior lecturers of nursing, co-authored the article “Challenges and Opportunities of Nursing Care in Special Needs Shelters,” which was published in Disaster Management & Response.
Fountain and Deal attended and spoke at the American Nurses Association’s inaugural quadrennial conference in Atlanta, Ga.
The conference, entitled “Nursing Care in Life, Death and Disaster,” focused on care in disasters and challenges within disaster planning, while providing some strategies for consideration.
“The conference was important because participants had a chance to help shape the American Nurses Association’s policy statement on nursing during a disaster,” said Deal.
ANA’s conference is dedicated to considering the significant health and disaster preparedness policy questions related to major, natural or manmade disaster care and promoting better decision-making to improve possible patient outcomes and quality of care provided during major disasters.
One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of nearly 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.