Stu­dents get hands on at hos­pi­tal

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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