Mary Inez Grindle School of Nursing students attend Homeland Security training

Students learning how to help a patient in protective gear.Thirty-four nursing students and two faculty members, Dr. Amy Malcom and Angela Wheat, recently completed training offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), in Anniston, Alabama. There are only two nursing schools in Georgia that have a long-standing relationship with the center and are invited to attend. This relationship was first formed and has been maintained by our very own resident public health expert, Dr. Betty Daniels.

Brenau has been taking nursing students to the CDP for several years. The two courses taken were Emergency Response Awareness for CBRNE Incidents and Healthcare Emergency Response Operations for CBRNE Incidents. Students were placed in simulation experiences that will supplement their learning.

Students in line for decontamination.The CDP is operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and is the only federally-chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction training facility in the nation. The CDP develops and delivers advanced training for emergency response providers, emergency managers and other government officials from state, local and tribal governments. Resident training at the CDP includes healthcare and public health courses at the Noble Training Facility, the nation’s only hospital dedicated to training health care professionals in disaster preparedness and response.