Mock disaster prepares nursing students

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

On Monday, nursing students at Southeast Community and Technical College got a chance to try out their skills during a mock disaster.

In light of the March 2nd tornadoes, the college decided to use a mock tornado for their scenario this year.

"It's a live disaster. It's authentic assessment. The students are running the show. They are getting to work with our emergency management throughout the county," said Associate Professor of Nursing Scott Blanton.

People were injured all over campus, and it was up to the nursing students to provide care.

Blanton said the students learned how to triage and how to check in at command post.

"It gave us a lot of experience. We've spent so much time learning these skills, and we've spent so much time learning what we should do, and this was 'OK this has happened lets see how much we have learned,'" said nursing student Savanna Daniels.

For Daniels who worked with a flight crew, this experience has opened her eyes to a different career possibility.

"I never thought that trauma or ER would be my field, but after today I want to look into ER or flight nurse or something like that," said Daniels.

Many of the community colleges in the KCTCS system will also have mock disasters later this month.

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