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Planning for partnerships: Maximizing surge capacity resources through service learning

Lavonne M. Adams, PhD, RN, CCRN, Paula K. Reams, PhD, RN, CNE, LMT, FNP-C, Sharon B. Canclini, MS, APHN-BC, FCN, CNE

Abstract


Infectious disease outbreaks and natural or human-caused disasters can strain the community's surge capacity through sudden demand on healthcare activities. Collaborative partnerships between communities and schools of nursing have the potential to maximize resource availability to meet community needs following a disaster. This article explores how communities can work with schools of nursing to enhance surge capacity through systems thinking, integrated planning, and cooperative efforts.


Keywords


surge capacity, service learning, emergency preparedness planning, schools of nursing, nursing students

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5055/jem.2015.0265

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