Disaster in Franklin County
In this simulation, the learner will assume the perspective of various public health professionals responding to a natural disaster. They will make decisions on behalf of a county public health director, a public health nurse, an environmental health specialist, and other public health professionals. By approaching the emerging public health issues from these perspectives, the players gain a deeper understanding of the issues at hand, the decisions that colleagues in other disciplines face, and how those decisions impact his or her area of expertise.
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Christa Steffens (Faculty)
I used this simulation in my community health nursing course. The students really enjoyed the activity. The exercise allowed the students to function in the role of the public health nurse during a disaster situation. They were also able to experience the consequences of poor decision making in a safe learning environment. Additionally, the simulation gave multiple opportunities to explore other professional roles of emergency personnel. I will continue to use this resource as long as it is available.