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Nurses Get Hands-On Trauma Training

Nurses Get Hands-On Trauma Training

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Washington County News, Abingdon, Va.

July 21, 2010

July 20 – Megan Brown of the Washington County Lifesaving Crew wedged herself into the floorboard of a sidewise pickup in the Virginia Highlands Community College parking lot and smeared fake blood on her face.

She’s getting ready for a femur fracture and a head injury and in about half an hour. In front of the two dozen Nursing Workforce Diversity Summer Camp students, Brown’s Lifesaving Crew comrades cut her from a wrecked truck and a Mountain States Health Alliance helicopter dropped from the sky to whisk away as if she really did have a femur fracture and a head injury.

“This will be exciting,” said nursing student Kali Parks, 24. “I’m always pulling people off choppers, never seen anyone put on a chopper.”

Parks said she’s been working the night shift at Bristol Regional Medical Center for about two and a half months and goes to school during the day.

Director of Nursing Workforce Diversity Gwendalyn Slone said the mock disaster is designed to give the nursing students a feel of a realistic emergency.

“This is a way of letting them know how diverse nursing can be,” she said.

The Lifesaving Crew stabilized the truck and began working on cutting an opening to get Brown through.

“They’ve learned about head trauma, so they know why they’re taking so much care,” Slone said.

The chopper landed in the parking lot amid an awed crowd.

Funded through a grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, the three-day camp last week was held at Virginia Highlands Community College, Mountain Empire Community College and Southwest Virginia Community College. Nursing Summer Camp was sponsored by Comprehensive Assisted Learning and Mentoring (CALM) Program with special assistance from the Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program.

Copyright © 2010, Washington County News, Abingdon, Va.

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