UAB nursing students train at CDP

Forty-seven nursing students from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing recently completed two courses at the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Center for Domestic Preparedness.

The students took the the Standardized Awareness Authorized Training Program course before completing the Incident Complexities - Responders Actions for CBRNE Incidents course. The courses introduced students to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive weapons scenarios and gained hands-on experience with types of equipment used in responding to mass casualty events.

The ICR course also gave the nursing students hands-on training with personal protective equipment, techniques, instrumentation and procedures.

"This is totally new for me," Taylor Wiggins, a nursing student, said. "It is beneficial because a lot of us want to work in emergency care or (intensive care unit) care, and although we might not be the first responders, we will be the secondary. We need to know how to react to these types of incidents."

The students learned about mass-casualty triage, patient decontamination, scene survey and sampling.

UAB recently made the ICR and SAT courses part of the curriculum for new nurses in 2013. By the end of the most recent SAT course, more than 100 nursing students will have completed the training.

The CDP prepares state, local and tribal responders to prepare for and respond to man-made events or major accidents involving mass casualties. CDP training is fully funded for state, local and tribal response personnel.