STTI Releases New Disaster Preparedness Text

Updated on August 28, 2023

New book guides nurse educators in integrating disaster prep into curriculum

From natural disasters to infectious diseases to human conflict, disasters are occurring more frequently and with more impact than ever before. While it is almost impossible to prevent many of these crises, it is possible to prepare for them.

Written by nurses who have dedicated their careers to understanding and improving disaster preparedness in education and health care, Designing and Integrating a Disaster Preparedness Curriculum: Readying Nurses for the Worst is the first book of its kind — a how-to for incorporating disaster content into nursing education. Authors Sharon Stanley, PhD, RN, RS, FAAN, Col. (ret), and Thola A. Bennecoff Wolanski, MSN, RN, emphasize the importance of training future nurses to competently tackle disasters.

“The integration of disaster nursing content into a nursing curriculum is critical to our national preparedness,” said Stanley.

The book offers a blueprint for incorporating disaster preparedness education into an already crowded nursing curriculum. By ensuring that students know how to respond to potential disasters and that practitioners have the tools necessary to stay at the forefront of disaster preparedness, nurse educators and leaders can feel confident that their students and teams can competently confront disasters of all kinds.

The book is available at

Designing and Integrating a Disaster Preparedness Curriculum: Readying Nurses for the Worst
By Sharon Stanley, PhD, RN, RS, FAAN, Col (ret), and Thola A. Bennecoff Wolanski, MSN, RN

Book Information:

Published by STTI, 2015
ISBN-13: 9781940446042
EPUB ISBN: 9781940446059
PDF ISBN: 9781940446066
MOBI ISBN: 9781940446073
Price: US $59.95
Trade paperback, 416 pages
Trim size: 73/8 x 91/8

About the authors

Sharon Stanley, PhD, RN, RS, FAAN, Col. (ret) has served over 35 years in public health at local, state, and national levels and is an Army veteran with Vietnam, Desert Storm, and OIF/OEF service. Most recently she was chief nurse of the American Red Cross, providing leadership to over 15,000 Red Cross nurse volunteers and serving as a senior health policy and planning leader for the organization. Stanley is a 2013 recipient of the International Red Cross Florence Nightingale Medal and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow alumna.

Thola A. Bennecoff Wolanski, MSN, RN, is an assistant professor of nursing education at Elmira College and a Doctor of Nursing Practice candidate at Loyola University. She has worked in critical care and emergency/trauma nursing for nearly 25 years. A Johns Hopkins University grad, Wolanski has developed the leadership model for disaster preparedness training that is presented in this text.

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