Thousands of High School Students Explore Health Care Careers at Mercy

March 6, 2014

High School students from Yukon, Okla. learn

about respiratory therapy at a 2012 career fair

Thousands of high school students gather at Mercy Hospitals in Oklahoma City, Ada and Ardmore this month to explore health care careers. The popular Career Exploration Day, now in its 12th 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 director of recruitment. “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 stages “mock codes.” During these 15-minute drill demonstrations, health care professionals rush to the aid of a dummy to perform the same life-saving techniques that they would perform in a real event. Students have 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 can talk one-on-one with a radiology tech, pharmacist, nurse, respiratory therapist, nutritionist, lab technician and many more professionals. Students will be able to view actual radiology and hospital equipment, educational videos and organ models, so they come away 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.”

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