On November 8th, 2012 Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital collaborated with Ste. Genevieve High School for their biannual Healthcare Discovery day. The event introduced the students to career opportunities in healthcare.
“I am pleased that we are able to offer students interested in the health care field with the opportunity to see first hand what a day in our community hospital is like,” said Tiffany Merriman RN, BSN Clinical Educator.
At this event, students spent valuable time job shadowing health care workers and learning about the breadth of health careers. 18 students attended the event and 13 hospital departments participated. Students shadowed professionals in a variety of departments including laboratory, nursing, medical assistant and business operations.
The event was an exciting, hands-on experience for students to see what a healthcare professional does. Students had the opportunity to see and feel real pig lungs, look at a patients blood smear under a microscope, dress in surgical attire and view an ultrasound demonstration. In addition, students received information about the educational requirements for health care professions.
“The dedication of the SGCMH staff amaze me. They are so very generous with their time and knowledge. Thank you.” Tina Howe, High School Guidance Counselor. One student commented, “The Healthcare Discovery Day really helped me decide what I want to do later in my life. Thank you!”