GCSC Students Engage in Mock Disaster Response Training

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - An emergency at Gulf Coast State College campus has students running all over campus, but no worries this was no real emergency, only a simulation. 

Health science students at Gulf Coast, engaged in a mock disaster response training to gain some hands on experience of an emergency situation.
 A simulated explosion, "hurt" individuals, and eager to learn students. All key parts of Friday afternoon's mock disaster response training, but what are these students learning from this situation? 
"Lots of clinical practice, I think that's important whereas other programs for Bachelor's training are not providing clinical practice education," said RN, Bobby James Keel. 

The simulation is teaching students how to respond to a mass casualty incident. An experience they couldn't get by just reading their textbooks. 
"Being able to actually do this here at the school with all the different participants here it makes it even more of a better experience for everyone I think because it's just so hands on as opposed to reading it in a book and trying to apply it," said 4th Semester RN Student, Whitney Cruz. 
Students played the victims while others triaged patients and sought immediate emergency treatment. This is the first time Gulf Coast has done a simulation of this size and organizers say it won't be the last.  
"We have seen such tremendous growth, such tremendous behaviors from the students and such great teamwork that this is too important not to do every year," said GCSC Faculty member, Carol Miller. 

Teamwork that has allowed students to use their knowledge and skills to complete the tasks presented to them in the simulation. About 600 health science students participated in the simulation. So many students that they had to break into two different sessions during the day to complete the mock disaster training.  

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