Echuca Hospital gives students a reality check
On sunny Wednesday 15 April, Echuca Regional Health opened its doors to 80 Year 9 and 10 students from four local schools for a LEAP into...Health Hospital Experience Day. The group comprised students who knew that they wanted to work in the Health industry as a paramedic, nurse, physiotherapist or pediatrician and others who were still making up their mind; a sentiment that LEAP host, Kerry Tucker, could readily empathise with as she is currently undergoing her fourth career change.
The first topic on the agenda was mental health. Students showed maturity and sensitivity while coming up with creative ways of diffusing a tense text message conversation and designing community campaigns for preventing mental ill health.
In smaller groups students participated in interactive activities where they learnt how to use hospital equipment such as defibrillators and EpiPens to treat anaphylaxis. They also learnt about the breadth of professions within Allied Health by identifying and using various types of assistive technology. The first workshop was delayed due to a hospital crisis, giving students a real taste for the stressful and unpredictable environments hospitals can be.
Echuca Regional Health was thrilled to have the secondary students in their tertiary teaching facility, stating that it was rewarding to work with students while they are deciding their education and career pathway, then later reconnecting with some of them as university students on placement at the hospital, and finally working with them as employees. The regional health sector particularly needs more health care professionals into the future.
The event closed on a high with the hospital donating eight stethoscopes as prizes to students who could correctly answer questions on the "Clever Catch" health ball. The students provided feedback on things that they learnt throughout the day, such as:
“there are many pathways you can take”,
“there are lots of jobs in health”, and
“dedication, compassion, and (to be) hardworking” are skills that you need to be a health professional.
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