NHRMC welcomed students and parents to the Healthcare Explorer Program Open House last night. More than 140 students – representing many area schools – attended the event in the NHRMC Auditorium. Students visited stations, run by NHRMC staff, to learn about different healthcare careers and topics.
From education about the importance of handwashing to understanding heart sounds and learning to perform hands-only CPR, students remained engaged in the presentations; asked questions; and participated in interactive demonstrations. The evening also featured free food, drawings for movie tickets and nine grand-prize winners – who each took home their very own stethoscope.
“It’s exciting to see so many future healthcare professionals gathered in this room tonight,” said Kevin Briggs, director of NHRMC’s Network Pathology and Laboratory Services and an organizer of the program. “We want to encourage young people to explore what opportunities are out there and show them what’s possible.”
Students were also able to sign up for the Healthcare Explorer Post at NHRMC, a Health Equity youth initiative, that matches participants with advisors and offers them shadowing experiences within our organization.
“The goal of the program is to provide interactive activities to help students explore special interests and career opportunities, gain confidence, and develop leadership skills,” said Kevin. “This initiative aims to support a pipeline of healthcare professionals for the future of our community.”