Pediatric Bus Crash Simulation tests nurse practitioner students in emergency scenario

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April 29 2021 07:00 pm

BIRMINGHAM, Ala (WIAT)– The UAB School of Nursing put their pediatric nurse practitioner students to the test during a “Pediatric Bus Crash Simulation”.

The students were given the scenario: A bus of children between the ages of 2 to 15 were injured when a bus fell off Red Mountain. 

Then, the students were sent off to begin practicing saving lives.

Part of the simulation included children dressed up with fake blood and wounds for an even more hands-on experience.

You can watch the entire simulation below.

Dr. Steadman McPeters is the Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Specialty Track Coordinator. He designed the simulation. 

“We are seeing so many mass casualties across the country and around the world, and kids are involved. So, it’s important that the practitioner students not only know the actual skill set, they need to know about teamwork, collaboration, and how to delegate priority of disasters.”

Dr. Peters says a former student underwent a similar simulation a few years ago, and he says that students reached out to thank him after she was able to respond in the real-life situation.

Tyler Fadorsen and Kelsie Bottiggi are pediatric nurse practitioner students in the UAB School of Nursing Master’s program.

Currently, Fadorsen and Bottiggi are pediatric nurses working in an emergency room setting.

“I would say it was very realistic,” Fadorsen said about the simulation, “Coming from an ER background you never know what you’re going to get. I mean at any point in time, it can be a slow day and then quick, everything changed and you have lots of things to deal with at one time.”

“I’ve been involved in mass casualty incidences in my nursing career, never as a provider, but as we kind of work toward that and getting to work as a provider in these experiences is a pretty cool situation to be in,” Bottiggi said.

The students say they believe these hands-on simulations will definitely prepare them for the real deal once they graduate.

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