On February 20, Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital collaborated with Valle High School and Home Schooled Students for a day of healthcare discovery. The event introduced the students to career opportunities in healthcare.
“I’m so glad that we are able to invite the students to our facility and show them how exciting a future in healthcare can be,” said Tiffany Merriman RN, BSN Clinical Educator. “The students are always so excited for the event and appreciative of the opportunity.”
At this event, students spent time job shadowing health care workers in the five areas they were most interested in pursuing. Nineteen students attended the event and 14 hospital departments participated. Students shadowed professionals in a variety of departments including Therapy, Nursing, Dietary and Business Operations.
The event was an exciting, hands-on experience for students to see what a healthcare professional does. The students were thrilled for the chance to see a demonstration of air entering healthy lungs compared to nicotine filled lungs in the Respiratory Therapy department. The Surgery department and Laboratory are always popular areas for the students to visit as well.
The students were entertained over their lunch period by Mike Kohm with an educational presentation on MRI’s using Homer Simpson! In addition, students received information about the educational requirements for health care professions. Dr. Bhargav Kanani, Pediatrician, spoke with many of the students about becoming a physician. He encouraged the students be the best at whatever they choose to do in healthcare, offered them valuable insight into what medical school is like and what his daily life is like as a Pediatrician.
The event elicited lots of positive feedback. One student commented, “I really enjoyed this program! It was very exciting and I gained a lot of knowledge.” Another student complimented our Social Services department by saying, “The social services speaker was amazing! I would recommend Brandi to do this again! I learned so much in this field.”