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The objectives of this research were to formulate anti – bioterrorism strategies of nursing services in Bamrasnaradura Infectious Disease Institute (BIDI), and to establish competencies of BIDI professional nurses in caring for patients affected by bioweapons. Data were collected by biological weapon experts’ interview and BIDI nurse administrators’ seminar. The collected data were analyzed by content analysis techniques and descriptive statistics of median, mode, mean-mode difference, and interquartile range. The results showed that the anti – bioterrorism strategies of nursing services in BIDI consisted of 6 issues, 1) Developing the capabilities of BIDI professional nurses in caring for victims of bioweapons; 2) Developing information systems and knowledge of bioterrorism; 3) Strengthening the anti-bioterrorism management networks; 4) Developing innovation and technology for investigation, diagnosis and caring for victims of bioweapons; 5) Developing communication systems for bioterrorism crisis; and 6) Providing the anti–bioterrorism preparedness plan of nurses and community health teams to cope with bioweapon attack. The core competencies of the BIDI professional nurses for caring bioweapon patients consisted of 6 core competencies 1) Ability to improve the knowledge and skills of anti – bioterrorism, 2) Ability to manage information, 3) Having clinical service behaviors, 4) Ability to self- protection from bioweapon – infections, 5) Ability to control the dissemination of biological agents, and 6) Ability to communicate and coordinate with colleagues.
The findings could be used as guidelines for anti–bioterrorism preparedness. Implementing these strategies could result in effective action plans to counter bioweapon attacks and improve nursing care for victims of bioweapon according to international standards.
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