Chemical Weapons and Emergency Preparedness

by Instructor: Capt. (ret.) Roberta Proffitt Lavin, APRN-BC, PhD; Instructor: Janet Sprehe, DNP, APN-BC, RN-BC, CVRN; Instructor: Lisa Schemmel-Rettenmeier, RN, MSN, EdD; Instructor: Molly Frommelt-Kuhle, RN, PhD; Instructor: Nancy Mannion Bonalumi, DNP, RN, CEN, FAEN


i 1.00 CEH

Bundle Overview
Healthcare facilities should be prepared for terrorist attacks with chemical weapons. The healthcare team’s ability to recognize and respond to chemical attacks is critical to preparedness efforts. This course gives an overview of chemical agents that can be used as weapons. It also discusses the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of someone exposed to these weapons.

About the Course Author

Nancy Mannion Bonalumi, DNP, RN, CEN, FAEN, has more than 35 years of experience in emergency nursing as a clinician, educator, and nurse leader. She is the president of NMB Global Leadership LLC.


Nancy Mannion Bonalumi, DNP, RN, CEN, FAEN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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    Online Course
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Describe symptoms related to a chemical attack.; Describe treatments for victims exposed to nerve agents, cyanides, respiratory irritants, and vesicants.; Identify the types of chemical agents that can be used as weapons.
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Advanced level Emergency Medical Personnel; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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    All courses offered by Relias, LLC are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.
    Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, service mark, manufacturer or otherwise does not constitute or imply any endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of, or affiliation with, Relias, LLC.
    All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
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    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.
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