Above: Students from several high schools in Jefferson County (Ky.) participated in the Spring 2011 Health Careers Camp held May 19-21. The event was sponsored by St. Catharine College, Jefferson County Public Schools and Norton Healthcare.
The second annual Spring Health Careers Camp, held May 19-21, was once again a big success. The camp, a joint effort between Jefferson County Public Schools, Norton Healthcare, and St. Catharine College, has proved to be a great way to let high schools juniors get a taste of the college life. For the second year in a row, St. Catharine College has played host to a mix of students from Moore, Valley, and Waggener High Schools in Jefferson County.
All of the students were accepted to the camp through a competitive evaluation process that included GPA, recommendations from their teachers, and their mentioned area of interests. Interests ranged from medicine to allied health, and nursing. Huston Brown, Assistant Dean of the School of Health and Human Sciences worked with Shirley Powers, former executive of Norton Healthcare and member of the St. Catharine Board of Trustees, and Peggy Williford, a Specialist in Career and Technical Education for JCPS, to put the camp together.
During their stay, the students had a chance to attend an actual nursing lecture on insertion of nasogastric tubes by Assistant Professor Peggy Newton. The students were then tested on readings prior to the class and their performance in the lab. In addition, the students had a chance to visit the sonography and radiography labs at the College for some one-on-one work.
Prior to their lab experience, Flaget Hospital in Bardstown, Ky., graciously opened up their facility to allow the students to pair off with members of the staff according to the area of interests the students indicated when they applied for the camp. Flaget Hospital has been an outstanding partner in the endeavor, giving the students behind-the-scenes access of a working health care facility.
The last night of the camp was highlighted with a bit of research project. Pairing off in groups, the students were given health career disciplines to research and present to the group. Evaluations from the students were very complimentary of the event, commenting they wished the experience was longer. Several students expressed interests in coming to SCC at the end of the event.