Future nurses, both entry level and advanced practice, are pivotal to the nation’s disaster response. They are critical frontline, acute, primary, and public health workers in the United States and internationally. To respond well, they must be taught how to prepare and intervene appropriately. This preparation is multidimensional and includes not only concrete knowledge but mental, emotional, and ethical preparation for the realities of working and providing care while affected by chaos. Training should be experiential and reflective and expose students to the interprofessional nature of disaster planning and response. New nurses, as they enter practice, as the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated, may also take on the role of a frontline disaster responder. The ability to effectively respond and access available resources to care for patients is required. Schools of nursing and nursing faculty increasingly will be required to include disaster preparedness as an integral part of the nursing curriculum.

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