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Bioterrorism in Nursing

Contact Hours Awarded: 4

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Course Overview

Bioterrorism in Nursing
Morgan Curry

Author: Morgan Curry

This fulfills the continuing education requirement of 4 contact hours on Bioterrorism in Nursing for the state of Nevada. With advancements of science and developments in microbial genetics, there is heightened concern regarding the abuse of these discoveries for acts of terrorism and war. Effective preparedness is a crucial asset to have in the management of an attack.  Nurses and other healthcare practitioners play a vital role in this preparedness.

It is essential that they have some knowledge of the prevention and control practices as well as knowledge of the various biological, chemical, nuclear, and radioactive agents that may be used in a potential intentional attack. Arming healthcare providers with expertise in preparedness, management, and treatment will allow for a smoother transition of action if a public health emergency ensues. It is vital for nurses to understand bioterrorism in nursing as nurses would play a major role in treatment of individuals affected by such an event. 

Course Outline

  1. Introduction  
  2. Classification of Biological Weapons  
  3. Biological Agents  
  4. Chemical Agents  
  5. Radioactive & Nuclear Agents  
  6. Personal Protective Equipment  
  7. Syndromic Surveillance & Reporting Procedures 

Accreditation Statement

Nursing CE Central LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

In this course we will discuss bioterrorism in nursing. It will take the average learner 240 minutes to complete.

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, the learner will rate 4 out of 5 on the Likert Scale for their ability to:

  1. Define the different between a bioterrorist attack and an act using weapons of mass destruction. 
  2. Understand the classification system of biological weapons. 
  3. Understand the major types of Class A biological weapons, how they can be used, and treatment for exposure. 
  4. Understand the different types of Chemical agents, how they can be used, and treatment for exposure. 
  5. Understand the different uses of radioactive and nuclear agents, and how to manage treatment for exposure. 
  6. Identify the different types of PPE that should be used in a bioterrorist attack. 
  7. Understand how syndromic surveillance is used in identifying potential acts of bioterrorism, the reporting procedures and the use of the Health Alert Network.

Target Audience

  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN)

Requirement for Completion

  1. Enrollment in the course by the learner
  2. Read and learn all course materials
  3. Complete the course evaluation
  4. Attest and testify learning of the course materials

Accreditations + Approvals

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (P0614)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 17418)
  • Kentucky Board of Nursing (7-0090)
  • Louisiana State Board of Nursing (58)
  • New York State Department of Education (IC 208)
  • Florida Board of Nursing (50-23983)

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts, or any contributors have any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

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Course created on: March 23, 2021

Course Renewed on: March 22, 2024

Course Expires on: March 22, 2027

Course Offering: 41