Is Nursing a Cool Career?
We think so! And in an effort to inspire our community’s young people to consider a career in health care, AAMC started the High School Health Care Exploration program. Two years later, this “summer camp” fills up months in advance. It’s attendees, in many case, go on to declare college majors in nursing, pre-med, physical therapy, and the sciences.
This month, 12 students from area high schools attended the four-day program, providing them with a first hand, behind-the-scenes look at health care career options.
During the camp, the high schoolers were CPR certified, practiced basic assessment skills in our simulation lab, toured the ED, learned about helicopter transport and spent time with AAMC staff on several units.
We asked them to tell us more about what they enjoyed the most about the High School Health Care Exploration Program:
I came to this program most excited for Mother/Baby and discovered that I really enjoyed different things from each department.” –Meagan Ingley
When I first started this program, I wanted to do physical therapy and sports medicine. After today, I am more interested in working with the EMS unit and in the ER. Whichever medical profession I choose, I want to make sure I make a positive impact on someone’s life…It is good to see people who love their job because it makes me more confident (in choosing) a profession.” –Mitchell Flores
The reason I am participating in the AAMC High School Health Care Exploration Program is because I want to pursue a career in the medical field, specifically as a neurosurgeon…I have been able to witness what large roles each specific job plays and how important each and every single one of them is.” –Darby DeStefano
My passion is neonatal care…Every baby deserves tender loving care, especially preemies, and that is what I wish to give them.” –Alaysa Pizarro
(The High School Health Care Exploration Program) has solidified that I am really considering a health care path. Even though I am unsure of exactly what I would like to do.” –Carly Campbell
My goal is to become a registered nurse in a hospital, hopefully an obstetric or labor and delivery nurse. I came to this camp to experience the atmosphere of a hospital to see if it is really where I see myself someday. So far, I like everything about it!” –Cassidy Sullivan
I love it! I hope one day to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.” –Hannah Pajak
Since I was seven years old, I have always known I wanted to be a doctor. At the time, it sounded like any other kid’s dream, but as I got older and really committed myself to the idea, I realized how determined I was to fulfill it…At this point in time, I’m considering working in pediatric oncology and hopefully my week at AAMC can help me achieve that.” –Carolyn Murphy
What about you? Why did you choose a profession in health care? Tell us about it here.