This study aims to identify the influence of attitude of nurses in a general hospital toward disaster preparedness and their clinical competence on disaster preparedness competence. Data were collected from 140 nurses working at a general hospital in B City from October 18 to 25, 2017. The frequency, percentage, average, and standard deviation were calculated and the t-test, ANOVA, Scheffѐ test, Pearson's correlation and stepwise multiple regression analyses were conducted using the SPSSWIN 23.0 program.
Clinical competence showed a low level of correlation with disaster preparedness competence (r=.33, p<.001).
The factors significantly influencing nurses’ disaster preparedness competence include disaster education (β=0.28, p <.001), clinical competence (β=0.20, p =.019) and head-level position (β=0.17, p =.036). The explanatory power of those variables, measured by R2, was 19.6%. The results of this study recommended developing a training program to improve nurses’ clinical competence in disaster situations and further research should focus on the effect of such training programs on the reinforcement of nurses' disaster preparedness competence.