Hospital Career Days offer students a look into Real-life Medicine|
RENO, Nev. (Feb. 12, 2008) – Approximately 800 students from Washoe County School District high schools will participate in Renown Regional Medical Center’s Hospital Career Days spanning for four days – Feb. 17, 18, 19 and 20.
The ninth annual event, partnered with Education Alliance, offers high school seniors the opportunity to learn about healthcare occupations within the hospital setting and see firsthand the skills needed to pursue those careers in areas including nursing, imaging, rehabilitation therapies, dietary services, laboratory analysis, etc.
At the event, the science students will view a surgery broadcast during which professionals from numerous medical specialties and allied medical fields will be on hand to provide information and answer questions. The event will also feature tours of various healthcare fields and a medical career fair with exhibits and hands-on demonstrations including one that allows students to use surgical instruments to simulate an operation.
“Hospitals nationwide are struggling with shortages in many healthcare occupations,” said Michelle Sanchez-Bickley, vice president of human resources for Renown Health. “Renown believes that community-based initiatives such as Hospital Career Days contribute to our ability to provide quality patient care well into the future. This program introduces young people to a wealth of information about various challenging and rewarding healthcare career opportunities.”
“Our students love Hospital Career Days and eagerly anticipate attending this event,” said Denise Hedrick, executive director of the Education Alliance of Washoe County, Inc. “It really does give them a taste of the excitement and rewards of working in healthcare. Our partnership with Renown Regional provides an ideal situation in which students can learn firsthand what working in a hospital environment is all about.”
Hospital Career Days is sponsored in part by a grant from the Nevada Public Education Foundation, which receives funds from USA Funds and Nell J. Redfield Foundation. These funds subsidize bus transportation for the participants to the event and pays for the substitute teachers needed so that classroom teachers can attend.
Students from all Reno and Sparks high schools will participate in the activities, as will students from Gerlach, Incline Village and the Regional Technical Institute.
Media representatives are invited to accompany students during Hospital Career Days Tuesday, Feb. 17.
The schedule is as follows:
9:30 a.m. – Introduction
9:45 a.m. – Surgery
10:45 – 11:45 a.m. – Hospital Tour
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Lunch and Career Center
All media must be escorted on hospital property. To ensure uninterrupted access to the event, contact Dan Davis, Public Relations Business Partner at (775) 691-7308 no later than Monday, Feb. 16.
About the Education Alliance of Washoe County, Inc.
Education Alliance is a non-profit, 501 (C ) 3 organization created by civic and business leaders in partnership with educators to support all students in Washoe County. Fundraising through the Alliance directly impacts Washoe County School District educational goals while P-16 programs focus on academic achievement, community partnerships, and workforce development.