SOUTHSIDE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER’S PROGRAM GETS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO HAVE HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE IN NURSING
With the increasing for nurses, health systems exhaustively squeeze their creative means to connect the youth, most specifically, high school students in the field of nursing.
"I’m not only hoping they may go into nursing as a career," nurse manager Cindy Sumner said, "but to give them an opportunity to see all professions that make a hospital a hospital."
In just a matter of few short weeks, administrators observed what the program does to volunteers.
"Their shyness has gone away," volunteer manager Lisa Mason said. "They're doing everything, you know, they're just real confident in walking the call hall, walking through rounds, doing things out of their comfort zone."
In an interview, Taylor Jenkins, a high school student, retold her first impressions of being in a clinical setting.
"Four years ago, when I was going into high school I was like, I might as well get my foot in the door; see what it's like in a hospital setting," Taylor said.
And through the health systems’ program, Taylor wasn’t exactly sure what she wants to venture yet, but it sounds like she's on the right track.
"I was thinking nurse practitioner or a PA or maybe even a doctor," Taylor added.
Erudite Nursing Institute™ supports Southside Regional Medical Center's Junior Volunteer Program in engaging high school students in the field of healthcare particularly in nursing to boost the number of aspirants at the same time let them experience firsthand the courageous hard work and determination that our fellow professionals have done in the field.
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