Author Archive

Conducting a Proper Capability Assessment

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Author: Chris Hiles, MS, BSN, RN, Emergency Manager, IEM

My fourth article on emergency management focuses on doing a proper capability assessment. I wanted to make sure that people were thinking in terms of the big picture and not just focusing in on planning, purchasing supplies, or training people. They need to be aware that all of these things, and many others, make the difference in a response.

Nurses as Emergency Managers Prepping for Any Disaster

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Note: This article is the third in a periodic series of online articles focusing on emergency management and how its principles can be incorporated into nursing practice. Full articles appear on

There are a lot of views on how to begin the preparedness process. There are even more on how to do a “proper” risk assessment. People go through multiple years of post graduate training and can receive a PhD in risk management and assessment. So, how can a nurse in the field possibly use risk assessment without an advance degree on the topic? That’s what this article is designed to tell them. So, if you want a down and dirty review on risk assessment and how it applies to the medical field, this is the article for you!

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The Emergency Management Cycle

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Author: Chris Hiles, MS, BSN, RN, Emergency Manager, IEM

Most nurses have little experience with the true theory of the emergency management process. In order to meet them where they are, I used this article to set the bedrock for the following articles. These will explain the process in more detail and, hopefully, will give nurses who are assigned the task of writing a plan or heading a preparedness effort some materials to start with. See full emergency management article.

An Unorthodox Nursing Career

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Author: Chris Hiles, MS, BSN, RN, Emergency Manager, IEM

After graduating last year with my Master’s degree, I figured it was time for me to continue my quest to bring emergency management to the nursing masses. Advance for Nurses is a regional magazine that takes unsolicited article submissions. I figured the worse they could say is “no” and was surprised when they embraced the idea of a series of articles on emergency management from a nurse’s perspective. This article about emergency management preparedness in nursing was designed to set the tone for the series, explain my credentials, and show that I really am a nurse who engages in emergency management rather than an emergency manager who used to be a nurse. See full emergency management in nursing article.