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Future nurses prepare for the worst case scenario

(Photo Courtesy/Barrett Jones) A nurse tends to a "victim" during a mock disaster at Alpena Community College.

Alpena, Mich. — this morning nursing students at Alpena Community College got their first taste of real world action.

Students participated in a disaster simulation to showcase their skills in a time of distress. These future nurses took on the aftermath of a tornado hitting the area.

“We want to stress them in an environment where there are no bad outcomes,” said Melissa Fournier, director of nursing.

Victims were scattered throughout the scene, but the nurses were ready come to aid. Fournier said this is a perfect test before entering the workforce.

“It’s one thing to read it out of a book and to work on patients in the hospital or in the nursing home, but to create a scenario where we actually intend to overwhelm their resources,” said Fournier.

After this scenario, nurses are set to graduated and be honored at the pinning ceremony next Wednesday at Park Arena.