Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s nursing students participated in a mass casualty exercise in coordination with Air Evac Lifeteam 156, Edwardsville Fire and EMS. This exercise is another example of how the School of Nursing provides hands-on learning and practice in a variety of environments and scenarios.
“Educating nurses in community health includes health promotion and disease prevention; however, it also includes ensuring preparedness for unexpected, devastating events such as mass casualties,” said Myjal Garner, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, instructor of family health and community health nursing. “A multidisciplinary approach promotes collaboration between emergency responders and future nurses, allowing for a more comprehensive learning experience to augment didactic learning.”
The exercise simulated a scenario of multiple people injured from an explosion. In collaboration with the emergency response professionals, the nursing students triaged the injured using sort, assess, life-saving interventions and transport (SALT) and simple triage and rapid treatment (START) mass casualty triage systems.
“The mass casualty event was one of the best experiences I encountered throughout nursing school,” said Jayla Newton, senior nursing student. “It was interesting to see the medical field in so many different aspects rather than just the hospital. I truly learned so much from this experience and will use this knowledge in the future as a nurse.”
SIUE thanks its local partners for their dedication to our community and for their partnership to ensure a well-prepared nursing workforce.