Theater And Dance Students Perform in Large-Scale Mass Shooting Simulation

Posted on 10/6/2016 4:05:29 PM

In collaboration with IUP’s Nursing and Allied Health program, students of the Theater and Dance Department’s SPATE ensemble (simulated patient/applied theater) performed as simulated patients in a large-scale scenario depicting the aftermath of a mass shooting.

SPATE director and faculty member Rachel DeSoto Jackson trained theater students to perform as simulated patients. Taking place in the vacant Leonard Hall, these trained actors presented a variety of medical conditions, ranging in severity, that are typically encountered following a shooting scenario.

After the area was secured, student nurses entered the scene to treat and provide care for these simulated patients and their family members. This realistic portrayal of patient injuries and heightened emotional reactions from family members assisted nursing students in preparing to be first responders after a traumatic incident.

This simulation is part of an ongoing collaboration between the Department of Theater and Dance and the Department of Nursing and Allied Health Professions to provide simulated patient training for student actors and empathic communication training for student nurses. The next simulation will take place on November 29, 2016.

Make-up for the simulation was applied by Theater and Dance student Regan Cranmer. Simulated patient actors included Rebecca Koch, Joe Sample, Kathleen DeOrdid, Hannah Misera, Nick Dzuka, Alexis Reisinger, Alexis Deimler, Sean Duncan, Hannah Brennan, Malik Rivers, Hannah Morris, Chris Smith, Caitlyn Kalgren, and Keirstin Covington.