Role of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in Crisis Response

Author(s): Kiersten Henry, DNP, ACNP-BC, CCNS, CCRN-CMC, Alison Wogatske, MSN, AGACNP-BC, FNP-C

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP C 1.00

Expires Dec 15, 2025

Topics: Leadership

Role: APRN

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

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Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) they are uniquely qualified to support responses to disasters and mass casualty incidents. Although frameworks for emergency preparedness and response have been established by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) and the International Council of Nurses (ICN), the APRN community is not consistently prepared to participate in crisis response. In this article, we highlight challenges and barriers identified during previous disaster incidents, with a focus on the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, we provide suggestions for deployment of APRNs to the full extent of their scope of practice during future crises and mass casualty incidents.


  • Describe APRN perception of disaster preparedness.
  • Identify the domains of disaster preparedness and response in which APRNs may be involved.
  • Discuss additional disaster-related competencies during the COVID-19 response in which APRNs adapted and excelled in order to meet patient and system needs.

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