Learning Objective 1: translate and adapt relevant Medical Needs Disaster Shelter resources for local application.
Learning Objective 2: create a plan for optimal utilization of medical and non-medical volunteers in the care of Medical Needs Disaster Shelter guests.
Purpose: To evaluate the Just in Time Training Modules for a Medical Needs Shelter (MNS) before statewide implementation
Background: The College of Nursing faculty and students operated Medical Needs Shelters (MNS) and identified several challenges. One of those challenges was the lack of an organized and consistent approach to orientation. This Just-in-Time online training was created to fill that gap. When developing the training website, the goal was to be specific enough to meet the needs of volunteers but general enough to serve as an orientation for volunteers in other MNS as well. The main body of the website houses the training modules. There are four modules, one for each of the primary volunteer categories: • Primary Care Providers • Nurses • Nursing Students • Non-Medical Volunteers. Each category includes a general orientation, a role specific orientation, applicable forms, and a certificate of completion. The best way to view this submission is online at: http://www.uttyler.edu/nursing/msns/
Methods: Baccalaureate nursing students at a school in a southern state and a site in the Midwest will be asked to evaluate training modules on a website developed to support a medical needs shelter. Students will be asked to work through each module and evaluate the module based on the modules being easy to use and visually appealing, requiring the right amount of time to complete the modules, and having the necessary information to equip the volunteer. Students may obtain clinical credit when they produce certificate and completion of survey is verified. The researchers will obtain IRB approval at both institutions.
Implications: Students benefit from this experience as they gain the knowledge utilizing the modules as they are prepared to volunteer at a medical needs shelter.