Nursing Students Head into Disaster

Saint Luke’s College nursing students are in Fort Pierce, Florida for Atlantic Hope this weekend. Atlantic Hope is a 4-day humanitarian response field training exercise focused on leadership, followership, teamwork, confidence and disaster response.  
 
Saint Luke’s College has sent nursing students to Florida the past few years to participate in this large-scale disaster drill as part of the International Humanitarian Disaster Response elective course.
 
 “There will be students from a variety of colleges and majors including emergency management, psychology, business, nursing, information technology and pre-med disciplines with the end goal to learn how to collectively better respond when disaster strikes,” said Associate Professor Sharon White-Lewis, MSN, RN.
 
This drill provides an opportunity to practice real-world emergency and learn how to work together. “Over 70 percent of the participants are nursing students and alumni who receive hundreds of practice hours learning how to do field triage and treat patients,” said White-Lewis.