Northern Tier nursing students take part in mock disaster

A number of students from the Licensed Practical Nursing Program at Penn College at Wellsboro participated in a drill at the Middlebury Township Dairy Farmers of America milk plant on Sept. 30, simulating a hazardous-material spill with multiple casualties.

Licensed practical nursing students from Penn College at Wellsboro served as “patients” for a Sept. 30 emergency drill in Tioga County.

Before participating, the students had to undergo online training in chemical, biological, environmental, radiological and natural disasters. They also participated in seminars that examined various types of disasters, the National Incident Management System and triage.

In addition to playing the role of victims during the drill, students participated in a safety briefing and post-incident debriefing. They were also given the opportunity to provide feedback from their perspective as victims.

Students interacted with fire and emergency medical services personnel from several county departments, including the Middlebury, Crooked Creek, Tioga and Wellsboro volunteer fire departments; the Wellsboro Ambulance Association; and Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital Advanced Life Support.

“Getting to participate was a great opportunity for the students,” said Alex W. Borzok, instructional specialist for practical nursing at the Wellsboro campus. “To be able to not only be a patient, but to get the opportunity to see the evolution of an on-scene response – and experiencing what patients go through before they arrive at a hospital – is an important part of being able to effectively care for your patient.”

Taking part in the mock disaster (from left) are LPN students Brittany A. Rutledge, of Pleasant Mount; Taylor L. Phillips, of Trout Run; Katherine M. Sammons, of Westfield; Joseph P. Hetrick, of Wellsboro; Kimberly A. Crawford, of Brockway; Allyssa Boyd, of Wellsboro; and Marissa A. Harer, of Liberty; as well as Alex W. Borzok, instructional specialist for practical nursing at Penn College at Wellsboro.

The opportunity to learn another aspect of the health care continuum is only part of the lesson, he added.

“Being a participant in a drill like this is not only important to make those connections from theory into practice,” Borzok explained. “It is also important to learn that, as nursing professionals, we have a civic responsibility to not just live, work and care for people in our communities, but we also must give back to them.”

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As an instructor in Penn College’s Bachelor of Emergency Management degree program (teaching Crisis Communications), I would highly recommend this class to all undergraduate nursing students. Several have taken the class and have reported using skills learned there in their professional careers. Check it out!

Posted by Roseann Cordelli at October 18, 2018 at 1:45 pm

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