Health Science courses offer insight into healthcare careers
CLINTON — Eleventh-grader Javian Ervin signed up for Health Science class as the first step toward his dream of becoming a doctor.
“We have learned about infection control, parts of the body, medical ethics,” said the Clinton High School student.
His classmate Brekiah Shoto wants to become a registered nurse.
“We’ve learned so much,” she said. “We’ve learned a lot of medical terms and we use them a lot in class.”
Students enrolled in the Health Science Core and the Healthcare & Clinical Services programs at the CHS Career Complex learn healthcare basics, and learn more about careers in the field.
“First year Health Science Core students started the year off learning about careers in health care, safety and infection control,” said instructor and Registered Nurse Lora Little. “Students visited Clinton Fire Station 2 where Fire Chief Chris White taught students how to safely use a fire extinguisher.”
After a unit in infection control and sterile technique, students practiced correctly donning personal protective equipment and practiced sterile technique. They were also involved in a surgical lab where they practiced sterile surgical techniques during the annual pumpkinectomy — featuring pumpkins as patients.
“Students will soon start units on Anatomy & Physiology and basic health care skills,” she said.
The Healthcare & Clinical Services students have gotten off to a great start also, learning about careers in emergency medical services.
“Students started their job shadow project with Merit Health Central at the end of October,” said instructor and Registered Nurse Chastity Keenan. “Our students worked really hard for this opportunity, and are excited to see the day-to-day activities of each professional they encounter.”
This year, 41 students joined the Health Occupational Students of America (HOSA). Among their community projects, the students organized and managed a sock drive during the month of October, collecting new socks to donate to homeless shelters.
Later this year, HOSA plans to participate with other clubs at CHS to raise funds for Blair Batson Children’s Hospital and provide gifts for those in need.