The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Alabama, hosted students from Lawson State Community College (LSCC) for the first time on March 23.
Located in Birmingham, Alabama, LSCC has been predominantly made up of black students since its founding.
CDP hosted an Incident Complexities Responder Actions (ICR) for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives Incidents course, allowing 42 seniors from LSCC's nursing program to partake in discussions, case studies and training concerning hazardous materials. The students were taught how to handle dangerous chemical and biological agents, radiological substances and explosives that they may come into contact within the nursing field.
The training begins with CDP team members traveling to the students' campus to teach them the Standardized Awareness Training (SAT), which will also be available in the latter half of 2016 as the Emergency Medical Response Awareness (EMRA) course -- after some alterations are made.
CDP has been training potential nurses for over eight years, hosting students from Jacksonville State University, Jefferson State Community College, Gadsden State Community College, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Augusta University and Samford University. LSCC is the newest program that has had access to CDP's nurse training program, after hearing about the opportunity through Gadsden State Community College's president, Martha Lavendar.
LSCC President Perry Ward was immediately interested, according to LSCC's associate dean of health professions, Shelia Marable. After touring CDP's facility and discussing the courses, LSCC quickly scheduled their nursing program to train in CDP's ICR course. LSCC now plans to train their nurses at CDP every year.
With over 33 years experience at LSCC, Marable was impressed by the training.
“The mobile training went extremely well,” she said. “The training helped the students be prepared for any disasters that may occur.”
Alyssa Mullinex and Julia Norfleet, both students who participated in the ICR course at CDP, reported that the training was a valuable experience, as it made them consider their surroundings and trained them for a scenario concerning mass causalities.
Marable said she would definitely recommend the program to other nursing schools.