Improving global prehospital and emergency health care, public health, and disaster health and preparedness


Just One Person: Healthcare in Disaster and Conflict Zones

Thompson Rivers University and the WADEM Nursing SIG present Patrice Gordon sharing stories from the field including her recent mission helping people seeking shelter in Bangladesh, treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, and saving lives after the devastating Nepal earthquake.

The presentation took place on 18 January 2018.

Mission & Vision

Mission: The proposed mission of the Nursing SIG of WADEM is to foster collaboration among nurses involved in research, education, management, and practice in prehospital, emergency, public health, and/or disaster health care.

Vision: The Nursing SIG strives to be the organizational vehicle welcoming and representing nurses from all countries with an intent and desire to strengthen and improve the practice and knowledge of disaster nursing.


The objectives of the Nursing SIG of WADEM are to:

  • Define nursing issues for public health care and disaster health care;
  • Exchange scientific and professional information relevant to the practice of disaster nursing;
  • Encourage collaborative efforts enhancing and expanding the field of nursing disaster research;
  • Encourage collaboration with other nursing organizations;
  • Inform and advise WADEM of matters related to disaster nursing.



Wendy McKenzie, RN, MSN, EdD (candidate)


Sue Ann Bell, PhD, FNP-BC


Mayumi Kako, PhD