Written by: Kris McGinnis, Health Sciences Instructor Career Tech Center-East
Health Sciences has started off with a bang. Twenty five of last year’s students have returned for second year. We have been through orientation at Baptist Memorial Hospital DeSoto and have started clinicals. Our students have observed open heart surgery, cesarean sections, vaginal deliveries, cardiac catheterizations, laparoscopic gallbladder surgeries and many procedures on the medical-surgical floors of the tower. The staff has really gone out of their way to teach the students as they go through their morning. Hats off to some early risers and a special mention to CHHS; students report for clinical at 0650 and get out of the hospital in time for second block.
First year students are getting to know each other. They have really excelled in medical terminology. We have studied infection control, germs and hand hygiene. The students would be more than happy to teach you how to wash your hands! They laugh now, but were amazed at having to be taught the proper technique. We have also discussed medical ethics and healthcare law. We have had some very lively discussions about the ethical dilemmas patients face every day and the role of the healthcare worker in helping the patient make his/her best decision. Will you be able to take care of someone who doesn’t share your beliefs? Teenagers have very strong opinions.
We have jumped into HOSA the Health Occupations Students of America organization with enthusiasm. I currently have only six students but they are very motivated. HOSA allows students to dig deeper into healthcare by choosing a subject to research and compete in at the regional, state and hopefully, national level. Barring a benevolent benefactor, yes, I see fundraising in our future. Would you like to buy a World’s Finest Chocolate Bar for a good cause? One student and I have already traveled to Jackson, MS to attend the Fall Leadership conference. It was high energy from CTCs throughout the state and I’m pleased to share the award for Traveled Longest Distance with Pascagoula CTC. It was a long day that gave us a lot of good information to pass on to our whole team. Students are choosing projects like: Prepared public speaking, EMT, Medical Photography, Knowledge Based Testing- Human Growth and Development and Medical Ethics and the law and Sports Medicine.