Hundreds of students from area high schools explored health care careers on Thursday at Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City.
For 15 consecutive years, Mercy Health Career Exploration Day has provided students a chance to learn about a wide variety of job opportunities.
Whether assisting in a mock birth, stitching up after surgery or using a tourniquet to treat a trauma “patient,” the hands-on experience might pique the interest of the next generation of health care professionals.
Listen to what former Francis Tuttle student Tawakalitu Iyanda said about her visit to the event three years ago.
Nancy Osterman, Family and Consumer Science teacher at Yukon High School, has brought students to participate for 13 years.
“Many of my students have no idea what career path they want to pursue,” Osterman said. “This event gives them a wonderful opportunity to see the number and variety of health-related options available to them.”
For the younger students, the fair exposes them to careers they perhaps would not have considered; for older students, it helps them put a long-term plan in motion.
Participating high schools and groups this year included: Canadian Valley, Chandler Public Schools, Chisholm Trail Technology Center, Crossings Christian, Deer Creek, Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center, Edmond Public Schools, El Reno Learning Center, Francis Tuttle Technology Center Reno Campus, Francis Tuttle Technology Center and Vo-Tech, John Marshall, Mount St. Mary’s, Putnam City Public Schools and Yukon.
Mercy co-workers from departments such as emergency, nursing, pharmacy, physical medicine, and radiology hosted booths with interactive displays and were available for students to ask questions about particular career paths.