GGC hosted this semester’s Trauma Day for GGC nursing students, Gwinnett Tech’s emergency medical service and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine on Nov. 5.
There were a total of 12 trauma simulations set up around campus, six in the morning and six in the evening, to help teach and prepare students for real-life situations they may come across while out in the field or inside any medical environment. H building’s trauma room acted as a hospital setting where EMS would bring injured victims, and the nurses and doctors would work together to treat them.
Simulations ranged from an alarming car crash where EMS had to remove a blood-covered female mannequin from a damaged car to quickly calming down a “combative-unresponsive teen” with a head injury who had just been brought in from another accident. Each simulation pushed the students not just to work well with people in their own field but to collaborate with students from other schools.
“They’re trying to prepare us for those critical thinking scenarios with unstable patients and trying to get us ready to act under pressure very quickly, very efficiently so it’s about teamwork,” said Olivian Opris, a junior nursing student and Trauma Day participant. “There’s a lot of teamwork involved with all the groups like EMTs, the DOs and obviously the nurses.”
“I think the simulations are good examples of what can happen in real life, so obviously that makes it a whole lot stressful, cause what happens here could happen in real life. You could lose a patient from, you know, bad CPR, bad communication, [if] you’re not efficient,” Opris said.
Dr. Sharon Grason, GGC’s Director of Nursing, explained the major lessons that are expected to be learned by each student.
“We pulled them all together to demonstrate the three objectives: caring, collaboration, and communication.”
She emphasized that meeting these three objectives were key to caring for patients and saving lives.