Three Area Colleges, a Local Hospital and Emergency Responders to Hold Mock Disaster Drill

Media Advisory

WHO: University of Memphis Lambuth Loewenberg College of Nursing, Union University School of Nursing, Jackson State Community College and Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, along with campus police and security and local first responders.

WHAT: Mock Disaster Simulation WHEN: Friday, June 30, 2017 9 a.m.

WHERE: Sprague Hall - University of Memphis Lambuth, 705 Lambuth Blvd, Jackson, Tenn. 38301

WHY: To improve the skill sets, emergency preparation and employability of nursing students as they transition from being students to practicing nurses.

DETAILS: Strict embargo until 06/30/17 at 11 a.m. CST: The Mock Disaster Simulation will include a mock bombing that will require a response from campus police, local fire and EMS including ambulance and air evacuation. Nurses will triage and perform emergency first-aid for up to 20 victims. The exercise is the culmination of a four-week, intensive Summer Nurse Internship (June 5 - 30) held in conjunction with Jackson-Madison County General Hospital (JMCGH) that immersed 12 competitively selected nursing students from University of Memphis Lambuth Loewenberg College of Nursing, Union University School of Nursing and Jackson State Community College in clinical areas of JMCGH that are not normally incorporated in routine clinical rotations, including the emergency department, orthopedics, wound care, GI lab, interventional radiology, and intensive care. The nursing programs each received a $15,000 Tennessee Promise of Nursing grant to implement the program. 

Christie Schrotberger, MSN, RN, CHPN, Director, University of Memphis Lambuth Nursing Program and Clinical Associate Professor LeAnn Wilhite, Union University Assistant Professor of Nursing and Chair of Undergraduate Nursing

Daphne J. Thomas
Director, Media and Public Relations
901.678.1756 / 901.277.4681 (cell)