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May 2013


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IN THIS ISSUE: May 2013 Issue 001

Disaster Day
Upcoming Events


Welcome to the first edition of the Texas A&M Health Science Center’s (TAMHSC) CARE Newsletter. The goal of this newsletter is to keep the HSC community and friends up-to-date on the latest news and events related to CARE and provide a bit of fun too. In addition to a feature article, each bi-monthly edition will include a spotlight focused on one of our students, staff or faculty, a schedule of upcoming events, a teaching tip, a brain-teaser and more. We hope you enjoy this newsletter and will become a loyal reader. I welcome any input or comments you have about the newsletter, just email me at stine-cheyne@tamhsc.edu. Also, if you would like to contribute an article, teaching tip, or brain-teaser to an upcoming edition or would like to alert us to an interesting story, please contact us at care@tamhsc.edu.

Thanks for joining us! 

Kelleen Stine-Cheyne, Ph.D
Interim Director, CARE Initiative
Director, Teaching Learning Resource Center

Disaster Day: Real World Application

“Rows of small cots and stacks of IV trees cloud the room. Victims with smoke-charred faces and blood-covered fabrics scream for immediate medical attention. Stretchers chug through the lobby as the cries of pain echo off the crisp, white walls. That was the scene March 22 at the Brazos County Expo in Bryan as the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) College of Nursing hosted Disaster Day. This emergency disaster simulation teaches students to work under high pressure and chaotic situations. More than 170 students from College of Nursing, College of Medicine and Irma Lerma Rangel College Of Pharmacy participated, along with Blinn College nursing, radiology and EMS programs.

This year’s scenario featured a structure collapse, and more than 300 patient-actor volunteers were used during the simulation. A special type of makeup, called “moulage,”was applied to volunteers to mimic severe injuries. Event planning was left in the hands of students Jasmine Bohlender and Julie Roman as incident commanders, faculty advisor Jerry Livingston, and a number of small committees. “We put on Disaster Day to empower our students. I may help them with their questions, but I never hold their hand to show them the answer. They have to find that on their own,” said Livingston, M.S.N., RN.” (Cherry, Kendall: “Students Train for Disaster Response”)

The application of Disaster Day proves vital for the development of students to work efficiently and effectively in a team setting environment under controlled settings to tackle the pressures of real world chaos. It is through emergency simulations as Disaster Day that keep all teams: Medical, Federal, Military, and Volunteer to quickly act under pressure to tackle the stresses of chaos. Examples of such “organized chaos” can be seen in examples such as the first response teams at the Boston Marathon, and West, Texas.

LINKS Listed as Examples of Real World Applications:

Disaster Day at Expo Center

Marathon First Responders Courage

First Responders Marathon Photos

SPOTLIGHT: Teaching Tips

Brought to you by: Suzanna Ramos, Faculty Development Graduate Assistant

“Students do not come into our courses as blank slates, but rather with knowledge gained from other courses or past experiences. This knowledge consists of a fusion of facts, concepts, and beliefs, some of
which may be inaccurate or inappropriate to the context. As students bring this knowledge into a classroom setting, it influences how they filter and interpret incoming information.

"......Group Brainstorming......."

One tip you can use is group brainstorming, a strategy to reveal prior knowledge. For example, you can ask a question, “What comes to mind when you think about ethics in health care?” to expose factual or conceptual knowledge, “What do you think of when you hear the word epidemic?” to uncover beliefs or assumptions, or “What are some methodologies you could use to research this question?” to surface contextual


Please send stories, photos & suggestions for the CARE e-Newsletter to Jovan Martinez, Program Assistant at
jmartinez@tamhsc.edu or drop them off at the TLRC Office.