November 11th, 2014

LEAP into Health at Seymour Health

Students from Alexandra SC, Seymour P-12 College and St Mary’s, Seymour undertook this multi-faceted health event at Seymour Hospital on 5 November.

Students from years 9 and 10 had been especially chosen by their schools to attend, having previously expressed a desire to pursue health careers. This was an event incorporating the LEAP into..Health team, La Trobe University (Health Information Management), Seymour Health Nursing and Surgical staff, Goulburn Ovens TAFE Nursing staff, and Ambulance Victoria Paramedics to provide the students with a very diverse health profession experience on the day.

Following a LEAP into...Health introductory presentation, the students had the opportunity to select four of the following activities and rotated through the workshops during the day:

  • Nursing – Vital Signs Lab
  • Nursing – Plastering and Bandaging Lab
  • Surgical – Theatre Nurse
  • Health Information Management
  • Paramedic
  • Allied Health – Patient Mobilisation Lab

Students attending commented:
"The day provided a good opportunity to learn about a range of Health related careers and the different roles that exist within the hospital. For example, in nursing there are many different specialities including theatre nurse, anaesthetic nurse and many more. The paramedic station was also interesting because we saw the systems that they use in emergency situations. It’s a stressful job because even though there might be quiet periods, paramedics sometimes have to rush from incident to incident and some call outs involve patients experiencing life threatening trauma. I had been thinking I would like to become a mid-wife, but now I’m wondering about becoming a theatre nurse or ward nurse." Lilly T - Student, Seymour Coll

"It was quite fun giving myself a plaster cast and the surgery tour particularly interesting. It was fascinating observing bacteria on our hands under a UV light even after we washed and scrubbed them thoroughly. I learnt for the first time about the role of a sterilisation technician which I didn’t realise required specialised training. Earlier this year, I was selected to do work experience at the Royal Children’s Hospital. I was in the gastroenterology unit for most of the week and I went on ward rounds, spoke with patients, was allowed to touch babies’ stomachs to learn about their gastric conditions and observe their progress throughout the week. I was given opportunities to gain valuable insight into specialised medical careers. I had already decided that I eventually want to become a plastic surgeon. It would such a rewarding job helping people to improve their quality of life if they suffer from serious accidents or disabilities. Both the LEAP into...Health day and my work experience placement have cemented in my mind that this is a career path I want to follow and have motivated me to study hard in order to achieve these goals." Cameron D - Student, Seymour Coll

All staff who presented commented on the fantastic attitude and interest of these students and we feel confident that they took away a better understanding of pathways into many of these exciting careers along with an understanding of the importance of university in achieving their goals.

LEAP into…Health activities aim to encourage students to consider a career in Health. View all Health Activities available to your school.

By: Vaughan Patullock
Categories: Health

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