West River Health Services is once again planning to offer a one-day “Scrubs Camp” for freshmen and sophomores to learn about medical-related careers in an interactive, hands-on way.
By TED UECKER
West River Health Services is once again planning to offer a one-day “Scrubs Camp” for freshmen and sophomores to learn about medical-related careers in an interactive, hands-on way. The philosophy behind this program is that if students understand at an early age the wide range of options in health care, not only are they more likely to consider a health care career, but by being made aware of career opportunities in their rural area, they may consider returning to it after completing higher education. Gosh knows we desperately need more of our kids to return to our communities, share their skills, and raise families here.
Last March, West River Health Services partnered with Scranton and Hettinger Public Schools, inviting over 50 freshmen and sophomores to attend Scrubs Camp at the Hettinger Armory. With over 12 area presenters sharing 25-minute sessions on their own experience in training and education and what it is like to work in a rural community, and really getting the kids to roll up their sleeves with hands-on projects, it was a terrific experience for all. The students were busy dissecting cow brains, giving shots to oranges, handling the Jaws of Life, suturing chicken breasts, operating the fire hose and various other interactive activities. Let’s be clear: Scrubs Camp is not a career fair – rather it is an interactive activity led by local health care professionals.
This coming spring, March 29, 2017, over 60 students from Mott and Lemmon Public Schools will make their way to the Hettinger Armory for Scrubs Camp. The Scrubs Camp Committee, led by Patty Ness, Wellness Coordinator at West River Health Services, has been busy forming partnerships with the public schools, Economic Development offices, Chamber of Commerce, Fire and Ambulance Services and other community partners from Lemmon and Mott. In addition, there has been an initial contact made to potential presenters from those communities as well. Thus far, the initial support of the Scrubs Camp program has been terrific!
West River Health Services is currently in the process of applying for a $2,500 grant for the Scrubs Camp program from the Rural Collaborative Opportunities for Occupational Learning (R-COOL-Health). In late October, the grants winners will be notified.
If you would like to be part of this program, please contact Patty Ness at 701-567-6177. As always, West River Health Services is here for you – and our area youth, who potentially are the future leaders of our rural communities.