Communities of Practice… Emergency Preparedness

It wouldn’t surprise anyone to say the Boston Marathon bombings and all the events subsequent have overwhelmed the entire metropolitan Boston area.  We were engulfed in the events, glued to the radio or TV or web.


Not only was the event a distraction, but I can make a smooth transition between Communities of Practice in the healthcare world – specifically emergency preparedness because that happened to be my topic of the “intervention paper.”

Emergency Preparedness culls together the planning, identification of disaster (natural or man-made), severity (catastrophic or routine), risk assessment (low to high risk) and command center responsiveness.  The impact on the hospital, staff – and community in general – looms large.  Being prepared in the event of a disaster forces the hospital to be prepared and respond to disasters and to help existing and potential patients should a disaster occur.

“To differentiate between traditional adult learning which bases itself on the assumption that learning is something adult individuals do, Lave and Wenger’s theory heralds learning which takes place in a social group setting.  As well, learning, in the traditional sense, has a finite duration.  Classes or courses start at the beginning, include activities and assessments, and in the end, the learner will be taught the new skill.  However, both Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger overturned the focus to learning as a social experience which germinates from daily living.  (Wengner, E. (1998). Communities of Practice. Retrieved from Communities of Practice:

Even with the utmost careful planning, integration among various government agencies and hospital staff, no one can predict the devastation a bomb hurled during the Boston Marathon.

photo:  Boston Globe (4/19/2013)


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