ST. LOUIS - Swaddling a tiny NICU “baby” (doll) through the isolette portholes, running an obstacle course set up by therapy services and using a tourniquet to treat a trauma “patient” were just a few of the hands-on, interactive experiences students participated in during the first Health Careers Exploration Day at Mercy Hospital St. Louis on Feb. 21.
“We really wanted to educate the students to understand there’s more to health care careers than being a doctor or a nurse,” said Lindsay Ahrens, Mercy recruiter and event organizer. “Students can get a hands-on experience while learning about a variety of jobs and asking questions to the professionals in those roles.
Nearly 700 high school students from 18 different schools including Webster Groves, Parkway, Ladue, Cardinal Ritter, CBC, Richmond Heights/Maplewood, Mehlville, Rockwood, Fern Ridge and Oakville joined in on the fun and learning.
Emily Chu, senior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, said she wants to be a doctor – either a surgeon or in the ER. “Having all this in one place to browse around and compare is really cool,” she said, after practicing a tourniquet on a robotic trauma patient. “I’ve read about tourniquets but never actually seen how it’s done.”\
Mercy co-workers from various departments hosted booths with interactive displays throughout the day and were available for students to ask questions about particular career paths.
While this is the first Career Exploration Day hosted by Mercy in St. Louis, it’s been a popular event at Mercy in Oklahoma City for more than a decade. Information on Mercy careers is available at www.mercy.net/careers.