Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Yale University School of Nursing

First Advisor

Jane K. Dixon

Second Advisor

Ruth McCorkle


Bioterrorism content is too often absent from nursing education post-licensure. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), bioterrorism is defined as “the deliberate release of viruses, bacteria, or other germs (agents) used to cause illness or death in people, animals, or plants.” A literature search and a review of available resources elucidated pertinent content items on bioterrorism and its associated precautions for nurses. Next, two rounds of expert panel consisting of five members rated the identified content and proffered comments to validate the curriculum. Finally, a four-hour in-person pilot educational session was implemented based on the results. Nurses in attendance were invited to participate in pre-test and post-test questions designed to assess the educational session’s efficacy. They were also asked for their perceptions of the educational session’s usefulness and influence on patient care in case of a bioterrorism event. All respondents strongly agreed that the information presented would be useful to them and would influence their patient care in a bioterrorism event. Further refinement, evaluation, and implementation of the developed curriculum are recommended.

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