SOMC Nursing Camp Offers Hands-On Experience for Students

Local students in grades 7-12 were able to dissect hearts and pick employees’ brains to gain a better understanding of the nursing profession during the 2008 Nursing Camp at Southern Ohio Medical Center. The event took place July 14 at the Friends Community Center.

“A lot of the time, students don’t find out what being a nurse is truly all about until their very first day of nursing school,” Jill Preston, SOMC nurse recruiter and coordinator of the camp, said. “This camp lets them explore the idea of nursing before deciding that this is really what they want to study during their collegiate careers.”

Nurses from the SOMC Cardiology, Maternity, Surgery and Emergency departments were on hand throughout the day to provide students with real-life situations that they may face as nurses.

“We wanted to give them experiences that they could learn and grow from,” Preston said. “In the past, we always had a lot of speakers come in and talk about nursing, but this year students were able to get their hands in there and see what it’s all about.”

Students were given the opportunity to use hands-on activities to learn more about nursing duties in various areas of the hospital. These activities included the use of surgical procedure simulation tools, real pig and cow heart dissections and the chance to go inside a LIFE ambulance and flight helicopter.

“Being able to go through simulated procedures and ask real nurses their honest opinions on tough questions was my favorite part of the event,” Halley Scott, sophomore at Minford High School, said. “The hands-on experience helps you understand what nursing is really all about and creates a much more real aspect than that of what we see on TV. This is my third time to attend and it keeps getting better each year.”

“I helped start this program five years ago and the progress we’ve made is amazing,” Loretta Cooper, clinical educator of SOMC Workforce Development, said. “I’m glad that we’re able to provide this type of education for our students and prepare them for their long road ahead. The event helps to plant the seed and from that we can continue to grow our own and create an even stronger nursing family at SOMC.”