International Journal of Qualitative Research in Services
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International Journal of Qualitative Research in Services (1 paper in press)
Do Board Member Duties of Care, Loyalty, and Obedience Matter in a Disaster? by Abeni El-Amin Abstract: Current disaster examples illuminate shortcomings of for-profit nursing homes in times of crisis. Research indicates nonprofit incorporation minimizes oversight vulnerabilities due to board obligations to duties of care, loyalty, and obedience. For-profits may be leaner, more proficient, and therefore more adaptable to changing organizational or governmental standards, but benefits associated with nonprofit nursing home management more than makeup for associated deficiencies. As nursing home populations are a vulnerable group in disaster situations, recommendations are that for-profit and not-for-profit nursing homes establish an advisory committee of stakeholders for disaster preparedness to work in conjunction with the existing crises management team (CMT) of the nursing home; maintain strict adherence to federal and state crisis management plans (CMP) regulations; target, employ, and execute public CMP support strategies; and increased preparedness training of all staff, area, first respondents, residents of capability, and the guardians of residents. Keywords: nursing home; disaster preparedness; risk mitigation; crisis management plans.