Disaster Preparedness and Children is Focus of RWJF Fellow's Work

    • September 23, 2009

Tener Veenema, Ph.D., M.P.H., C.P.N.P., is writing the National Commission on Children and Disaster Policies interim report to President Obama after serving as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF’s) 2009 Nursing and Philanthropy Fellow.

The Commission’s report, to be released in October, will reflect an assessment of persistent gaps in emergency preparedness, response and recovery regarding children. It will include recommendations to address those gaps.

A nationally recognized expert in emergency nursing and disaster preparedness, Veenema developed a 30-credit master’s degree program in emergency preparedness at the University of Rochester. Her book, Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness for Chemical, Biological and Radiological Terrorism and other Hazards, won the 2003 American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Book of the Year Award.

She also plans to return to her emergency preparedness consulting business, TenER Consulting Group, LLC, based in Washington, D.C.

During her year at RWJF, Veenema organized the second Nursing Education Capacity Building Summit, which last February brought together teams from 47 states and the District of Columbia to share best practices to expand nursing education and foster action in four areas: strategic partnerships and resource alignment; policy and regulation; increasing faculty capacity and diversity; and redesigning educational curriculums.

Veenema led the Nurse Leaders in the Boardroom project, an RWJF initiative to place more nurses in boardrooms, and helped lay the groundwork for the Initiative on the Future of Nursing, at the Institute of Medicine.

As part of the Initiative, a committee of experts and stakeholders in health care, nursing, business and consumer advocacy will publish a major report in September 2010 that will find solutions to the continuing challenges facing the nursing profession and build upon nursing-based solutions to improve quality and transform the way Americans receive care.

Veenema, a 2004 Executive Nurse Fellow, will be inducted into the American Academy of Nursing this November.