Training day

Wright State University nursing students cry for help while injured patients lie motionless in an abandoned, smoke-filled, cement facility at Calamityville.

These were scenes from a simulated explosion on the final day of a training program offered by Wright State University’s National Disaster Health Course (NDHC), an interprofessional program designed to standardize disaster preparedness, response and recovery training. The training took place Oct. 8-10 at Wright State’s National Center for Medical Readiness at Calamityville.

Wright State nursing students participated in the hands-on training along with nursing students from Indiana University and social work students from Miami University.

“It is very unique to have another university or school of nursing here with us,” said Sherry Farra, director of NDHC. “We are learning from them and they’re learning from us.”

Participants received continuing education credit, a certificate from NDHC and Advanced Disaster Life Support certification. More information about the National Disaster Health Course, including registration details, is available at or by calling 937-775-3131.

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