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Scrubs Camp gives high school students hands-on look at health careers

Modified: Thursday, Oct 4th, 2012

Students participate in the hands-on portion of the dental hygienist presentation at Scrubs Camp on Tuesday at the Huron Event Center. In the next photo, Wayne Carr of Carr Chiropractic Clinic in Huron gave students presentations about the field of chiropractics and also taught the kids several back strengthening and flexibility exercises. PHOTOS BY KARA GUTORMSON/PLAINSMAN

HURON — High school students from Huron, Wessington, Lake Preston, Hitchcock-Tulare and Burke attended Scrubs Camp on Tuesday at the Huron Event Center. “We had about 65 students this year participate in the Huron Scrubs Camp,” said Rachel Haigh-Blume, executive director of the Northeast S.D. Area Health Education Center. “We had to close registration because we run out of room for hands-on participation when the groups get too large,” she explained.

Around the state, Scrubs Camps are one-day, hands-on health career exploration opportunities for high school students. Students learn about the wide variety of health careers that are available to them through lecture, hands-on activities and discussion. Scrubs Camp is a day-long event where students hear from a variety of healthcare professionals who discuss what they do and how they got into their professions. Students experience many hands-on activities throughout the day. The students spent the day in groups in mini sessions, learning about a variety of healthcare topics.

From a back flexibility workshop given by Dr. Wayne Carr of Carr Chiropractic Clinic, to learning how to take blood pressure and suture a wound from Horizon Healthcare’s Len Wonnonberg, and learning about the field of radiology and several types of bodily implants from Eric Wangsness of HRMC. Other presentations included Dr. Megan Hartman of the Huron Eye Clinic, who talked about contacts and fitting for contacts and Jean Gross, a registered dental hygienist, who had a hands-on exhibit featuring dental instruments and denture models featuring a variety of dental issues. Several nutritionists and dietitians also did a presentation on healthy eating and careers in dietetics.

“The goal next year is to focus on different careers so they get new ideas every year,” said Haigh-Blume.

Dustin Faber, flight paramedic, and T.J. Jatczak, flight nurse, operated the SIM-SD, Simulation in Motion of South Dakota, which is a mobile unit consisting of a custom built simulation lab on a 44-foot commercial chassis. The mobile learning lab has two slide-out units with a simulated ambulance at the rear, a simulated emergency room in front and a control center in the middle. The students got a glimpse of two human patient simulators, one adult and one child, and got the opportunity to practice real emergency situations in the mobile learning lab. “There are seven scenarios that the adult patient can have which include medical and trauma diagnoses,” said Faber.

The class began with an overview of the simulators and their capabilities, then the students were given scenarios to test their knowledge and ability to react to sudden changes in the patient.

The camp is sponsored by the Northeast South Dakota Area Health Education Center, whose purpose is to “enrich and establish partnerships that encourage lifelong learning to secure a growing healthcare workforce for South Dakota.”

For the complete article see the 10-03-2012 issue.

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