PASCAGOULA, Miss. –Professionals from Ocean Springs Hospital, Singing River Hospital and various universities will join together to host several different booths available for students to learn more about specific health care careers. This year’s theme is “A Hands On Experience.” Each booth will feature a movie, app or tv theme that is popular among students. Students will be able to vote for the most creative and interactive booth.
“We want students to have the opportunity to observe and in some cases simulate the daily tasks of health care employees, while at the same time seeing that there are many options available in the medical field,” said Craig Summerlin, Chief Human Resources Officer for Singing River Health System. “These students are our next generation of health care employees, and we hope to help them make a decision to enter this rewarding career field.”
There will be more than 10 featured areas, including:
Surgery, where students will see a surgery suite and be able to learn more about anesthesiology, recovery and actual surgical practices. Radiology and Cardiology, where students will see digital images, an ultrasound machine and actual stents used in cardiac catheterizations. Laboratory, where students will be able to “draw blood,” see cells under a microscope and see how cultures are grown to detect infection. Nursing, the largest booth of the fair will highlight several different areas of nursing including critical care, post-operative care, labor, delivery and nursery. Students will be also able to role-play several different nursing duties.
Pharmacy and Physicians, where students will be able to count candy pills, see how prescriptions are interpreted, mix IV solutions, test stethoscopes and learn about a day in the life of a doctor.
Therapies, where students will learn about physical, occupational and speech therapy, while practicing some rehabilitation therapy exercises. Emergency Services, where students will be able to bandage a moulaged mannequin and view an actual decontamination suit used during chemical decontamination. Respiratory Therapy, where students will learn about the dangers of smoking, as well as intubations and breathing treatments. Human Resources, where students can receive help with interview techniques and other HR related subjects. Other departments including Biomedical Services and Information Systems will introduce students to important, non-clinical areas of health care.
The career fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days.