Area High School Students Attend Mercy Hospital Ardmore’s Annual Health Care Career Exploration Day

March 12, 2013

Tarrah Neese, RN shows students what cow lungs

look like as they inhale and exhale

ARDMORE, Okla. – Over 150 high school students Gathered at Mercy Hospital Ardmore Friday, March 8 to explore health care careers. The Career Exploration Day, in its second year, gives area students a one-stop-shop opportunity to learn about a variety of jobs in health care.

“Students often think a career in health care means being a doctor or a nurse, but there are so many opportunities in health care today,” said Jill Wimmer, Mercy recruitment manager. “This event isn’t a lecture or some boring intro to health care; this is an exciting hands-on experience for students to see what they would get to do as a health care professional. We don’t just tell them about it, they get to see it up close, feel it and be a part of it.”

Throughout the day-long event, Mercy staged “mock codes.” During these 15-minute drill demonstrations, health care professionals rushed to the aid of a dummy to perform the same life-saving techniques that they would perform in a real event. Students had the opportunity to participate in these drills, giving them insight to the fast paced environment of emergency health care.

In addition to the mock codes, students talked one-on-one with a radiology tech, pharmacist, nurse, respiratory therapist, nutritionist, lab technician and many more professionals. Students were able to view actual radiology and hospital equipment, educational videos and organ models, so they left with experiences a slideshow can’t provide.

“We had the opportunity to feel a pig’s lung, practice giving a shot and even take part in a mock Code Blue,” said Caitlin Prinzo, a student who previously attended career day. “It was a real eye-opener to learn all the things you can do.”

Participating high schools were: Davis, Sulphur, Plainview, Madill, Lone Grove, Wilson and Southern Oklahoma Technology Center.

“We want students to be able to see how many choices are available for careers in health care,” said Melinda Sharum, Mercy director of human resources. “The opportunity for these students to talk with health care professionals and do some hands-on learning is invaluable.”

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