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The NNEPI Policy Summit

The NNEPI Policy Summit was a national forum for the exploration of policy issues related to nurse emergency preparedness. The Summit was a key part of the National Nurse Emergency Preparedness Initiative, a project funded by the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Domestic Preparedness and led by The George Washington University in collaboration with George Mason University. Invited participants in the Summit included leaders from nursing, homeland security, law enforcement, fire/rescue, EMS, colleges and universities, and professional organizations and associations. The Co-Conveners of the NNEPI Policy Summit were Dr. Jean Johnson, Dr. Ellen Dawson, and Frank Cilluffo.


Format of the NNEPI Policy Summit


The NNEPI Policy Summit was convened in February 2021 in Washington, D.C. to explore policy issues related to nurse emergency preparedness. The agenda for the Summit was structured based on input provided by Summit participants prior to the meeting. Policy issues explored at the Summit included:

Educational issues i.e. the need for required emergency preparedness curricular content for nurses

Financial/Resource issues i.e. the need for investment of federal, state and local resources in
creating and maintaining a preparedness nursing workforce

Leadership issues i.e. the need for nurses to assume key decision-making positions at federal, state and local levels with regards to emergency preparedness

Regulatory issues i.e. the need for required emergency preparedness competencies for nurses

Cross-disciplinary Communication issues i.e. the need for clarity regarding lines of communication between nurses and law enforcement, fire/rescue, public health, federal agencies, etc.


Expected Outcomes


Short- and long-term expected outcomes of the NNEPI Policy Summit include:
  • Increased awareness of nursing policy issues related to emergency preparedness

  • Identification of topics for position papers to be developed on nurse emergency preparedness

  • Stronger recognition among nurses and other disciplines of the nursing role in emergency preparedness in the workplace and the community

NNEPI Policy Summit Participants

Conveners

Frank Cilluffo
George Washington University
Homeland Security Policy Institute

Ellen Dawson
George Washington University
Department of Nursing Education

Jean Johnson
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Participants

Prue Albright
Association of State & Territorial Directors of Nursing, Public Health Nursing
Division of Public Health

Debbi Campbell
American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Colleen Conway
Vanderbilt University School of Nursing

Terrence (Terra) Flynn
Department of Homeland Security

Roxanne Fulcher
Health Professions Policy AACC

Janet Hale
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties
University of Massachusetts Worcester Graduate School of Nursing

Elise Handelman
Office of Occupational Health Nursing
Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Sue Hassmiller
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Keith Holtermann
United States Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Emergency Operations and Security Programs

Jan Lane
Homeland Security Policy Institute
The George Washington University

Joann Langan
St Louis University
School of Nursing

Roberta Lavin (CAPT)
United States Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Emergency Preparedness for Public Health

PJ Maddox
Center for Health Policy, George Mason University

Nancy McKelvey
American Red Cross

Sally Phillips
Agency for Healthcare Research
Center for Primary Care, Prevention and Clinical Partnership Research

Carol Romano (RADM)
Office of the Chief Nurse, United States Public Health Service Commission Corps

Lynn Slepski (CAPT)
Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection
Department of Homeland Security

Joan Stanley
American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Jo Ann Webb
American Organization of Nurse Executives

Betsy Weiner
Vanderbilt University School of Nursing


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