Students get hands on at hospital
TAKING blood pressure and administering an IV drip isn’t the way most students plan to spend their holidays.
This was the reality for 14 students from Proserpine State High School’s work experience program who treated medical training mannequins suffering from simulated illnesses.
The two day work experience program at the Proserpine Hospital gave students the opportunity to have hands-on experience while learning about all facets of the hospital and allied health fields.
Proserpine State High School industry liaison officer Nicole Jolley said the program was so successful last year that they had now made it an annual program.
Over the course of the two days, students learnt about the effects of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, regional and indigenous health practices, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and infection control.
Nurse educator and consultant Debbie McConnel said the students also gained information on how to achieve scholarships and funding to build a pathway to studying health at university.
Year 10 student Breeanna Bugeja said the main highlights were watching the demonstrations by hospital staff.
“I’m really interested in becoming a midwife so it was fascinating learning about birthing techniques and positions,” she said.
Year 10 student Emily Morival-Gaier said she had wanted to study nursing at university but after speaking with medicine students from the James Cook University as part of the program, has decided she may want to study medicine instead.
Proserpine Hospital plaster technician Andy Bell said the program was a great oppor- tunity for students to get real world experience in a hospital environment.
During the plaster class workshop on Tuesday, students were taught how to apply a below elbow cast and how to remove it with a plaster saw.
PICTURED RIGHT: HANDS-ON LEARNING: Proserpine Hospital plaster technician Andrew Bell taught Proserpine State High School students Lanely Mouton, Rebekah Rudkin, Breeanna Bugeja and Kirrah Rattray how to apply and remove a below elbow cast on Tuesday.