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Disaster Nursing Training Course

Over 700 Nurses Gathered via GDLN for Disaster Preparedness and Response

February 17 & 18, 2009

imageOver 700 nurses, front-line health providers, in Indonesia and Timor Leste gathered via GDLN to learn about disaster nursing in order to meet the need to have appropriate disaster nursing services and the skilled nurses in disaster preparedness, responses, and rehabilitation. 

The 2-day distance learning course on disaster nursing was held on February 17 and 18, 2009.  This course focused on the distinctiveness of the disaster nursing, an appropriate response when the disaster occurs, and knowledge and the skills of disaster nursing necessary at each period in disaster cycle, and held by combining two networks - the GDLN and INHERENT (Indonesia Higher Education Network), Indonesia’s inter-university educational network. The TDLC was connected with the World Health Organization (WHO) Kobe Center, GDLN centers in Dili and Jakarta, as well as the University of Indonesia, Hananudin University and Udayana University and other INHERENT nodes. 

Day 1 started with a lecture on “Post-disaster Traumatic Stress Care” from Dr. Osawa from Hyogo Institute for Traumatic Stress, with a focus on post-disaster trauma, medical treatment and intervention, patients and the rescue personnel’s own stress and stress care methods, stress from handling of a dead body and points to remember.  A lecture on “Disaster Medical Treatment” followed by Dr. Kondo from Nippon Medical School Musashikosugi Hospital.  Dr. Kondo gave a lecture mainly on disaster cycle and the disease structure according to the cycle, principle of the disaster medical treatment, triage and disaster prevention system of Japan and the outline of the disaster relief activity.  Day 2 focused on disaster nursing in action.  Professor Mieko Ishii, Japan Nurses Association covered disaster nursing skills, disaster cycle and nursing at acute, subacute, chronic phases.  Prof. Ishii emphasized on how to be prepared for the state of emergency and disaster, and the role and action of the nurse at each state of emergency and disaster.

imageInteractive Q&A time followed after each lecture, and many diverse questions were addressed to Japanese professors from different parts of Indonesia and Timor Leste.  “I am from rural and remote area, what can I do as a nurse to respond to the psychological help at post-disaster phase? This is one the questions from an Indonesian nurse from rural area who participated in the course from Hasanudin node.  Dr. Osawa answered from Kobe, “Do not feel overwhelmed, and try to listen to the patients’ voice for what kind of level and difficulties they are in through your daily services as a nurse, and make responses according to what you learned today and pass on the information on trauma and its care measures.” 

To reach this many people, with uniform high quality training and access to expertise, would have been logistically and financially impractical, through conventional methods. Many of those who received training would normally not have the opportunity to attend those capacity building programs due to distance, cost and even position within their respective organizations. The programs demonstrated how modern knowledge management tools and methods have the power to reach many different sectors of the population, even those normally “unreached” with the best available expertise, at a fraction of the cost of conventional methods.

This was a wonderful opportunity for nurses in different locations within Indonesia to be able to be connected and to be able to participate in a disaster nursing learning course to raise the preparedness against disasters.  Dr. Irawaty, Dean of Faculty of Nursing, University of Indonesia said. 

The disaster nursing VC was very much benefital for us to know deeper on the knowledge and issues relating the topics, said Ms. Amelia Kurniati from University of Indonesia.  It was also honorable for us to hear the Japanese experts on their knowledge and experiences about the topics here in Indonesia.

imageDr. Yani, President of Indonesian National Nurses Association said that nurses in disaster prone countries have very important roles to play and is imperative to learn from the experiences and knowledge from other disaster prone countries.  This videoconferencing network connected all of us across boarders, cultures, languages, religion etc. to learn the skills in management of disaster as a nurse.  Dr. Yani also expressed the needs to continue this effort for systemic capacity building opportunities.

The TDLC is working to develop knowledge dissemination and capacity building programs with key partners throughout the region, and looks forward to reporting on the progress of these programs.

Date and Time:

Day 1—- February 17, 2009 10am to 18:30pm
Day 2—- February 18, 2009 10am to 14pm
(in Japan time)

Target Participants:

Nurses with 3 years or more of clinical experience

Course Agenda:

- Opening Remarks
- Traumatic Stress Care - Dr. Tomoko Osawa, Hyogo Institute for Traumatic Stress
- Disaster Medical Treatment - Dr. Hisayoshi Kondo, Nippon Medical School Musashikosugi Hospital
- Disaster Nursing - Dr. Mieko Ishii, Japan Nurses Association
- Presentations by Indonesian Nurses Experts
- Q&A
- Closing Remarks

Partner Organization:

GDLN Indonesia
Indonesian National Nurses Association
Institute of Health Sciences, Timor Leste
Indonesia INHERENT
Kitasato University
University of Indonesia
WBGDLN Dili Center


Tokyo Development Learning Center
GDLN Jakarta-University of Indonesia
GDLN-Udayana University
GDLN-Hasanuddin University
INHERENT University of Airlangga  
INHERENT Nursing Academy of Yarsi
INHERENT University of Syiah Kuala
WBGDLN Dili Center
WHO Kobe Center

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