Nursing students put to the test

By Anna Norris

May 8, 2014 Updated May 8, 2014 at 5:59 PM EST

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The American Red Cross was on the scene at Binghamton University Thursday morning, as nursing students learned how to react and respond to a real life emergency.

Binghamton University's Decker School of Nursing students participated in a community-wide disaster drill at the Events Center and about 300 people took part.

In the mock scenario, nurses were informed that major hospitals had already been overwhelmed with cases. The injured people needed to be transported into another facility to be cared for.

The goal of the drill is to get nursing students ready to respond to emergencies and disasters.

"We've been meeting throughout the semester, but we've had our professor teaching us how to handle a certain disaster," said Brianne Boijonis, Nursing Student.

Many community organizations participated including the area hospitals, some EMS agencies, Broome County Emergency Management and others.