The volunteer potential of inactive nurses for disaster preparedness
Date of Original Version
Objectives: Inactive nurses' interest in volunteering for emergency preparedness was examined. Methods: A mail survey was sent to the entire Vermont Board of Nursing list of in-state inactive and lapsed registered nurses (n = 3,682). A high rate of undeliverable surveys (60%) was found and 611 surveys were returned for a 20% response rate. Results: Twenty-seven percent of the respondents were interested in volunteering. Those interested in participating in volunteer work as part of a national homeland security effort were significantly more likely to (a) be younger in age (p < 0.0001); (b) identify themselves as "being a nurse" (p = 0.001); (c) be employed versus retired (p = 0.002); and (d) be currently volunteers (p = 0.001). Conclusions: Because 33% of the nation's nurses are over age 50, inactive nurses offer a potentially large pool of volunteers for emergency preparedness training and response in the years to come. © Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
Public Health Nursing
Fothergill, Alice, Mary Val Palumbo, Betty Rambur, Kyndaron Reinier, and Barbara McIntosh. "The volunteer potential of inactive nurses for disaster preparedness." Public Health Nursing 22, 5 (2005): 414-421. doi:10.1111/j.0737-1209.2005.220506.x.