Disaster simulations prepare CBU students for real-life collaboration
Riverside, Calif. (April 16, 2018) – More than 170 graduate students from health-care programs at California Baptist University rushed to the aid of “victims” during interprofessional education disaster simulations held in the Events Center on April 14. An estimated 130 CBU students, family members and friends also volunteered as victims and were given simulated wounds.
Dr. Jolene Dickert, associate professor of athletic training, said interprofessional training is relevant in responding to crises.
“We’re seeing that the more we can come together, bringing a united front to these types of situations, the better patients will be taken care of, “Dickert said. “I think it’s a win-win situation as we look to educate students and to prepare them for what they will face.”
Dr. Dayna Herrera, associate professor of nursing, said the event was the culmination of the interprofessional instruction that students received throughout the year.
“The over-arching goal is for all the disciplines to learn from, with and about each other,” Herrera said.
Before the simulations took place, students were assigned to interprofessional teams. The teams were then briefed on the disaster situation and received instructions on how to maximize care for the simulated victims.