High school students get behind-the-scenes look at Tidelands Health through ‘Nurses are Extraordinary’ program
Rising high school seniors got a behind-the-scenes look at the innerworkings of Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital on Monday through a day-long program designed to inspire the next generation of health care workers.
About a dozen area students who have an interest in the health care field participated in the third Nurses are Extraordinary program at Tidelands Health. Another 10 students participated last week at Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital.
The students got a close-up look at the medical field by visiting various departments throughout the hospitals and learned skills such as CPR through hands-on training.
The students chatted with the types of health care professionals they aspire to be – surgical nurses, radiologists and others. They explored the inside of a transport vehicle and watched – with cell phones capturing video – as a medical helicopter took off after the flight crew visited with the group.
“That was pretty neat,” said Dylan Bradoc, a rising senior at Andrews High School. “You don’t really get to see that often.”
Visiting hospital departments such as the pharmacy and lab also appealed to Dylan, who wants to be a pediatrician.
“That’s what I’m going for,” he said. “I’ve got my eyes set for that.”
Josephine Aubin of St. James High School also knows she wants to enter the medical field as a nurse. Now, it’s just narrowing down which area to pursue – labor and delivery or the emergency department. She craves an intense environment and one where she meets new people every day.
“Some people are on edge about what they want to do, but I already know I want to do that,” she said.
Tidelands Health will keep in contact with participants to offer help in guiding their entry into a medical career and offer more learning opportunities such as allowing them to observe in various departments or serve as junior volunteers in the hospitals.
The Nurses are Extraordinary program is one of numerous ways Tidelands Health encourages students to enter the in-demand health care field. The health system is also reaching out to students via online student platforms and unique career fairs such as the Pathways 2 Possibilities expo in Myrtle Beach earlier this year.
“We want to open their eyes to all the career options they have in this area,” said Alyx Prather, student program coordinator at Tidelands Health.
Students who recently participated in Nurses are Extraordinary left with new knowledge, as well as their own stethoscope and other goodies from Tidelands Health.
“I think everyone should be able to do this,” Dylan said. “You learn the fundamentals – learn what nurses and doctors go through.”