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Public Health Nursing and Ebola
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As the Ebola virus disease (EVD) continues to spread across West Africa, taking more than 4,000 lives thus far, there is an increasing global call to action to contain and halt the spread of this deadly disease. There have now been travel and treatment related cases diagnosed in Europe, Africa and the United States, raising additional concerns worldwide. The recent diagnosis of two Texas nurses with the Ebola virus has highlighted the need to strengthen and coordinate efforts to educate both the public, and more importantly, healthcare workers across the U.S. about prevention, containment and treatment.

As nurses, we are at the forefront of public health, and as such, we must be well educated, factual and responsible with the information and care we provide to others. At the urging of the American Nurses Association in their statement dated October 13, 2014, we at BestNursingDegree.com are doing our part to "engage in comprehensive education and preparedness activities in order to ensure the safety of the public and health care professionals."

As a part of our efforts to help create a workforce of educated nurses, our nurse editor took some time to ask a dedicated Public Health Nurse some basic questions about the EVD outbreak, including her thoughts on the importance of a well-coordinated response and best routes for dissemination of information during instances of public health crises.



A Public Health Nurse Responds to Q & A on Ebola

Georgetta Wright RN, MSN has been employed in the healthcare industry for 20 years with 14 of those years as a Registered Nurse. For the first two years of her nursing career, she practiced in a large teaching hospital. She has spent the last 12 years of her career working in Public Health Nursing.


1. In instances of public health crises, what do you consider the most effective routes of communication between the public and healthcare professionals?

I consider the news media and radio as venues of effective communication for healthcare professionals to quickly communicate a public health crisis to the public. I consider Social Media, mass text messaging, email & phone calls equally important.

What I consider the most effective route of communication to the public is verbal communication as demonstrated by a recent push to openly call for adequate safety measures for healthcare workers by a group of nurses in Oakland, California.


2. Where do you turn to for trusted information to stay informed regarding the global Ebola outbreak?

My favorite avenues to retrieve trusted information regarding any health related issue are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The World Health Organization (WHO) and The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). With recent outbreaks of Ebola virus disease here in the United States, I keep informed through CNN, world and local news media as well as social media.


3. What efforts have you and/or your employer made regarding the dissemination of information regarding Ebola to the public?

My first effort was to educate myself about the Ebola virus. As a healthcare worker, I understand there are several factors involved regarding my own risk of exposure while caring for the public. The more knowledgeable I become about the Ebola virus the more confident and capable I will be in educating others.

In my efforts to educate the public, I stay abreast of current events related to the EVD. I communicate this information via social media, email, text messages and verbal communication with friends, family and coworkers. Other efforts include participating in actions taken by my employer to distribute information through phone calls to plan members, and collaboration with community partners, physician groups and local healthcare facilities. I also take time to raise awareness by identifying resources from my local Public Health Department and community resource centers and making them available to the public.


4. What measures are you aware of that have been put in place to prepare healthcare workers in your region for possible cases of Ebola?

According to the California Healthline and a survey conducted by the National Nurses United, healthcare workers in California, particularly nurses, feel unprepared to handle possible Ebola cases. The biggest concerns are related to the lack of education, training, guidance and protocols to guide healthcare workers in the hospital setting on how to care for these patients.

For the most part, the area hospitals other than Kaiser Permanente have not yet commented on their protocols to handle an outbreak of Ebola virus disease in California. There are, however, efforts that are now being made to prepare in earnest for the possibility of Ebola patients in my region.

Other than implementing recommendations from the CDC, there are few specific measures that I am aware of that have been put in place to protect public health workers in the hospital or community health settings.


5. Given the severity of the situation, what do you feel is the most important thing we, as nurses, can do to help?

Be informed. Also, advocate for change; including the development and dissemination of protocols and policies to include better emergency preparedness training and education for nurses. In addition, advocate for effective screening and assessment protocols for patients entering emergency rooms, clinics or urgent care that are presenting with signs and symptoms of any communicable diseases.

As nurses, we have a responsibility to educate the public and ourselves as best we can about the best practices and standards of care that can help keep the public healthy.

BestNursingDegree.com would like to thank Georgetta and all of the nurses and healthcare workers who are doing their part to spread information and education at this time. Nurses are at the forefront of public health, and we are dedicated to educating others about how to best care for patients and prevent the further spread of Ebola in the United States and abroad.

One of the most important things you can do to help is to educate yourself. You can find multiple resources online, as outlined above. You can also find nursing education resources that allow you to expand your role and impact in nursing on our site. Clinical nurse specialists, nurse leaders, nurse educators and policy makers are heeding the call to respond to this public health crisis, and you can too.

Follow the conversations on Facebook and Twitter and let us know what you are doing to help fight Ebola in the comments below.

An educated nurse is a powerful player in the healthcare team, and we are here to help connect you with the education resources you need to succeed.


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Alcorn State University (Natchez, MS)
Program Name: Nurse Educator
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
American Sentinel University (Aurora, CO)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Andrews University (Berrien Springs, MI)
Program Name: Nurse Education
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Angelo State University (San Angelo, TX)
Program Name: Nurse Educator Track, RN-MSN Nurse Educator
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Benedictine University (Lisle, IL)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing
Brookline College (Phoenix, AZ)
Program Name: Master of Science Degree – Nursing Education
California State University-Dominguez Hills (Carson, CA)
Program Name: Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Charleston Southern University (Charleston, SC)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing
Clarkson College (Omaha, NE)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Cleveland State University (Cleveland, OH)
Program Name: Nursing Education Track
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Colorado Technical University (Colorado Springs, CO)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Education
Concordia University-Wisconsin (Mequon, WI)
Program Name: Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Delta State University (Cleveland, MS)
Program Name: Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
East Carolina University (Greenville, NC)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
East Tennessee State University (Johnson City, TN)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Excelsior College (Albany, NY)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Felician College (Lodi, NJ / Rutherford, NJ)
Program Name: MS in Nursing - Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL)
Program Name: Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Fort Hays State University (Hays, KS)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
George Mason University (Fairfax, VA)
Program Name: Nurse Educator Concentration
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA)
Program Name: Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Graceland University (Independence, MO)
Program Name: MSN - Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Herzing University (Madison, WI)
Program Name: MS - Nursing Education
Idaho State University (Pocatello, ID)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Indiana State University (Terre Haute Online, IN)
Program Name: Nursing: Nursing Education
Accreditation: ACEN
Indiana Wesleyan University (Marion, IN)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Indiana Wesleyan University - Online (Marion, IN)
Program Name: M.S. Nursing Education
Intercollegiate Consortium for a Master of Science in Nursing (Hammond, LA / Lafayette, LA / Lake Charles, LA)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Jacksonville University (Jacksonville, FL)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Keiser University (Orlando, FL / Tallahassee, FL)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing (online only) - Orlando, Master of Science in Nursing (online only) - Tallahassee
Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw, GA)
Program Name: Nursing Education Leadership Track
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
La Roche College (Pittsburgh, PA)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Lewis University (Romeoville, IL)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Liberty University Online (Online)
Program Name: Nurse Educator (M.S.N.)
Loyola University New Orleans Online (New Orleans, LA)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing specializing in HCSM, MSN - Nurse Educator, RN to MSN Bridge
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania (Mansfield, PA)
Program Name: Nurse Educator
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
McKendree University (Lebanon, IL)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
McKendree University (Louisville, KY)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
MCPHS University (Worcester, MA)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing
Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston, SC)
Program Name: Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Mercy College (Dobbs Ferry, NY)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro, TN)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Midwestern State University (Wichita Falls, TX)
Program Name: Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Murray State University (Murray, KY)
Program Name: Academic Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Nebraska Methodist College (Omaha, NE)
Program Name: RN to MSN - Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, AZ)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Northern Kentucky University (Highland Heights, KY)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Northwest Nazarene University (Nampa, ID)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Norwich University (Northfield, VT)
Program Name: MSN - Nursing Educator
Nova Southeastern University (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Program Name: Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Oakland University (Rochester, MI)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA)
Program Name: Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Pace University (Pleasantville, NY)
Program Name: MA in Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Robert Morris University (Pittsburgh, PA)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Sacred Heart University (Fairfield, CT)
Program Name: MSN - Nursing Education, RN-BSN-MSN - Nurse Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing (Peoria, IL)
Program Name: Child and Family Nursing (CNL CNS or Educator), Medical-Surgical Nursing (CNL CNS or Educator)
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Saint Joseph's College of Maine (Standish, ME)
Program Name: Masters of Science in Nursing
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
South University Online (Montgomery, AL)
Program Name: Accelerated RN-MSN - Nurse Educator, MSN - Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
South University Online (Tampa, FL / West Palm Beach, FL)
Program Name: Accelerated RN-MSN - Nurse Educator, MSN - Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
South University Online (Savannah, GA)
Program Name: Accelerated RN-MSN - Nurse Educator, MSN - Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
South University Online (Columbia, SC)
Program Name: Accelerated RN-MSN - Nurse Educator, MSN - Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
St. Louis University (Saint Louis, MO)
Program Name: Adult (NP CNS or Nurse Educator), Gerontological (NP CNS or Nurse Educator), Pediatric (CNS NP or Nurse Educator), Psychiatric/Mental Health (CNS NP or Nurse Educator)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Stevenson University (Stevenson, MD)
Program Name: Master's in Nursing Education and Leadership
SUNY-Institute of Technology at Utica-Rome (Utica, NY)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Tennessee Board of Regents (Nashville, TN)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (Corpus Christi, TX)
Program Name: Online MSN - Nurse Educator, RN to MSN - Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (Lubbock, TX)
Program Name: Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Program Name: Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas at El Paso (El Paso, TX)
Program Name: Nurse Clinician Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (Galveston, TX)
Program Name: Nursing Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Toledo (Toledo, OH)
Program Name: MSN - Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Thomas Edison State University (Trenton, NJ)
Program Name: Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Union University (Jackson, TN)
Program Name: Education Track
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR)
Program Name: Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (Little Rock, AR)
Program Name: Nursing Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL)
Program Name: Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Central Missouri (Warrensburg, MO)
Program Name: Nurse Educator (Rural Family Nursing focus)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing - Adult-Gero Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Hawaii at Manoa (Honolulu, HI)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Mary (Bismarck, ND)
Program Name: Registered Nurse - Master of Science Nursing
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Mississippi Medical Center (Jackson, MS)
Program Name: Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Missouri (Columbia, MO)
Program Name: Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of North Alabama (Florence, AL)
Program Name: Nursing in Teaching-Learning Environments
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, ND)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: MS in Nursing/Health Care Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: MS in Nursing/Health Care Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: MS in Nursing/Health Care Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: MS in Nursing/Health Care Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: MS in Nursing/Health Care Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: MS in Nursing/Health Care Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: MS in Nursing/Health Care Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: MS in Nursing/Health Care Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: MS in Nursing/Health Care Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: MS in Nursing/Health Care Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: MS in Nursing/Health Care Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: MS in Nursing/Health Care Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: MS in Nursing/Health Care Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: MS in Nursing/Health Care Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: MS in Nursing/Health Care Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: MS in Nursing/Health Care Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: MS in Nursing/Health Care Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: MS in Nursing/Health Care Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Saint Mary (Leavenworth, KS)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Educator
University of South Alabama (Mobile, AL)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Southern Indiana (Evansville, IN)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (Oshkosh, WI)
Program Name: Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Walden University (Minneapolis, MN)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - BSN Track Education, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - RN Track Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Walden University (Minneapolis, MN)
Program Name: Master of Public Health - General, Master of Science (M.S.) in Health Informatics - General, Master of Science (M.S.) in Human and Social Services - Public Health, Master of Science (M.S.) in Information Technology - Health Informatics, MSN - Education (BSN Track), MSN - Education (RN Track), Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration - Health Policy, Ph.D. in Social Work - Medical Social Work
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Western Carolina University (Cullowhee, NC)
Program Name: Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Western Governors University (Salt Lake City, UT)
Program Name: M.S. Nursing - Education, M.S. Nursing - Education (RN to MSN Option)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
WGU Indiana (Indianapolis, IN)
Program Name: M.S. Nursing - Education (BSN to MSN), M.S. Nursing - Education (RN to MSN Option)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
WGU Washington (Seattle, WA)
Program Name: M.S. Nursing - Education, M.S. Nursing - Education (RN to MSN Option)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Wheeling Jesuit University (Wheeling, WV)
Program Name: Nursing Education Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited