Candidate Competencies for Version 2.0
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The International Council of Nurses (ICN) Core Competencies in Disaster Nursing are developed for application by nurses.  The competencies apply to one of three levels of nurse, defined as:

     Level I: any nurse who has completed a program of basic, generalized nursing education and is authorised to practice by the regulatory agency of his/her country.  Examples of Level I include staff nurses in hospitals, clinics, public health centres; any nurse educators.

     Level II: any nurse who has achieved the Level I competencies and is or aspires to be a designated disaster responder within and institution, organization or system.  Examples of Level II include supervising or head nurses, nurses designated for leadership within an organization’s emergency plan, nurses representing the profession on an institution or agency emergency planning committee, preparedness/response nurse educators.

     Level III: any nurse who has achieved both Levels I and II competencies and is prepared to respond to a wide range of disasters and emergencies and to serve on a deployable team.  Examples of Level III include frequent responders to either national or international disasters, military nurses, nurses conducting comprehensive disaster nursing research.
NOTE: The specific additional competencies for this level are not included in Version 2.0 at this time.

These competencies supplement those expected of the practicing nurse as defined by the International Council of Nurses.  Basic expectations such as practice that is respectful of the values and dignity of individuals and communities are not repeated here.  At all three levels, the nurse begins as a novice in each competency, but is expected to achieve and maintain proficiency as defined by applicable national standards, workplace quality assurance standards or nursing organization standards.  Any competency is useful only if the nurse commits to acquire and regularly use and improve performance in the competency.

The ICN Core Competencies in Disaster Nursing are organized within eight (8) domains which have been updated from those used in ICN Core Competencies 1.0 based on research and experiences over the intervening years.  The domains are:
  1. Domain  1. Preparation and Planning: actions taken apart from any specific emergency situation to increase readiness and confidence in actions to be taken during an event
  2. Domain  2. Communication: approaches to conveying and updating essential information within one’s place of work or emergency assignment and documenting actions taken and decisions made
  3. Domain  3. Incident Management: the structure of disaster/emergency responses required by countries/organizations/institutions and actions to make them effective and efficient including crisis leadership
  4. Domain  4. Safety and Security: assuring that nurses, their colleagues and patients follow safety procedures and precautions during an emergency understand and follow well known safety procedures and precautions during an emergency incident
  5. Domain  5. Assessment: gathering data about assigned patients/families/communities on which to base subsequent response actions by self or team
  6. Domain  6.  Intervention: clinical or other actions taken in response to assessment of patients/families/communities within the management of the disaster event
  7. Domain  7.  Recovery: steps taken to facilitate resumption of pre-event individual/family/community/organizational functioning or moving it to a higher level.
  8. Domain  8.  Law and Ethics: the legal and ethical framework for disaster/emergency nursing practice
You will be asked to comment on the Level I competencies in each domain, followed by the additional Level II competencies in that domain.
Each competency statement has a single action verb, the object of the verb and a context description if needed.  The verb chosen is the highest (most demanding) in a given area and will generally encompass sub-competencies and learning objectives that build to the identified level.  For example, the competency requiring use of correct disaster terminology must be built on the knowledge of disaster terminology and the range of situations for which such terms are important.
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