Sim cen­tre stud­ied

Kapi-Mana News - - EDUCATION -

A group of 36 Porirua sec­ondary school stu­dents were re­cently se­lected for a visit to the National Pa­tient Sim­u­la­tion Cen­tre in Welling­ton Hos­pi­tal to par­tic­i­pate in hands on work­shops and ac­tiv­i­ties.

The visit was or­gan­ised by Part­ners Porirua to show­case the dif­fer­ent path­ways within the health in­dus­try to young stu­dents.

This is the fifth year the pro­gramme has been run­ning. It is co-or­di­nated by Sandie Sav­age and Henry Samia, busi­ness ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ta­tors at Part­ners Porirua.

The visit was ar­ranged for stu­dents study­ing sci­ence at school and those who have dis- played an in­ter­est in de­vel­op­ing their ca­reer in the health sec­tor.

The year 12 and 13 stu­dents per­formed tasks such as IV can­nu­la­tion, in­tu­ba­tion and re­sus­ci­ta­tion on sim­u­lated hu­man bod­ies in an exclusive train­ing fa­cil­ity for health pro­fes­sion­als.

The pro­gramme is also sup­ported by Whi­tireia Poly­tech­nic with staff from their nurs­ing pro­grammes as­sist­ing other health spe­cial­ists to run work­shops fo­cused on top­ics such as san­i­ta­tion and man­ual han­dling, and the ba­sic dis­ci­plines of a flight nurse or para­medic.

‘‘Many of the stu­dents who par­tic­i­pate in this pro­gramme con­tinue with their health stud­ies af­ter col­lege ei­ther through Whi­tireia Poly­tech or univer­sity,’’ says Ms Sav­age. ‘‘In 2010 we had one stu­dent who is now at Otago study­ing pre-med.’’

The Sim­u­la­tion Cen­tre is closed to the gen­eral pub­lic, but it is opened up once a year for Part­ners Porirua to im­ple­ment the stu­dent work­shops.

‘‘The visit shows stu­dents that there are a wide range of dif­fer­ent ca­reer paths in the health in­dus­try and the hands-on work­shops make it a re­al­ity for them,’’ she says.

This year for the first time stu­dents were even taught how to cre­ate fake wounds with glyc­er­ine and food colour­ing – just in case any of them want to pur­sue a ca­reer in the­atre or film.

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