I. international Health Sciences Congress, Edirne, Turkey, 23 - 25 November 2017
Many disasters are happening in the world and in our country. In order for disaster management to be successful, iiis very important that all team members in the j:fisaster management plan are aware of their duties and responsibilities. As emphasized by ICN, nurses have great responsibilities at every stage of disaster management. In many countries,disaster nursing trainings were included in nursing undergraduate curricula,graduate and doctoralprograms were opened,and Disaster Nursing was accepted as special branch nursing. In Turkey, there is no special branch nursing called Disaster Nursing. Emergency Nursing and Public Health Nursing are mostly included in the subjects of other nursing fields. There are 138 nursing programs in 121 universities offering nursing education at undergraduate level in Turkey. When curriculums of these programs were searched, only 36 universities were given a specific lesson on disaster education, and their names and contents were found to be very different. All nurses should be prepared to care for people affected by disasters and shou'd be aware of their role in the disaster process. For this reason, a standard disaster nursing education should be given to nurses during undergraduate education. lln addition, masters and doctoral programs should be opened to provide disaster nursing special branch nursing.