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



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


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.

Author Biographies

Lavonne M. Adams, PhD, RN, CCRN

Associate Professor of Nursing, Texas Christian University Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences, Fort Worth, Texas

Paula K. Reams, PhD, RN, CNE, LMT, FNP-C

Professor and Chair of BS Health Professions, Kettering College, Kettering, Ohio

Sharon B. Canclini, MS, APHN-BC, FCN, CNE

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Texas Christian University Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences, Fort Worth, Texas.


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How to Cite

Adams, PhD, RN, CCRN, L. M., P. K. Reams, PhD, RN, CNE, LMT, FNP-C, and S. B. Canclini, MS, APHN-BC, FCN, CNE. “Planning for Partnerships: Maximizing Surge Capacity Resources through Service Learning”. Journal of Emergency Management, vol. 13, no. 6, Feb. 2016, pp. 557-64, doi:10.5055/jem.2015.0265.