Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2015 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2015 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Dr Virginia Plummer


This unit introduces nurses to the role they play in emergency preparedness and disaster management in local and international settings. Areas of focus include the role in planning, partnerships, disaster response, and delivery of services.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the essential elements of leadership and management for nursing in health services in emergency preparedness and disaster recovery;
  2. Identify resources and strategies to enhance the resilience of the nursing workforce in disaster and emergency settings;
  3. Identify strategies for developing the role/s of nurses from a range of clinical and nonclinical backgrounds, in these settings;
  4. Identify and contribute to directions for education in disaster and emergency nursing;
  5. Identify and contribute to directions for research in disaster and emergency nursing.


Written assignment (40%)
Presentation (30%)
Online discussion (30%)

Workload requirements

24 hours per week including contact time (2 hour lecture, 2 hour tutorial/small group classes or team activities), site visits and/or fieldwork, and self-directed learning (reading, worksheets, assignments, database and web-based research, analysis of published articles and case studies, informal study groups and reflective activities); averaged over the 13 week semester - a total of 312 hours.

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