WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A program at New Hanover Regional Medical Center gives high school students first hand experience in the world of health care, and Tuesday night a graduation ceremony was held for the students.
More than 100 students from nine local high schools participated in the 2018 Healthcare Explorer Program at NHRMC.
“Everyone has a tool box in life, and this is just an additional set of tools that will help them figure out their path and carve their way into their future,” said Pathology and Laboratory Services administrative director Kevin Briggs.
Briggs says it’s a way to expose students to the wide range of health care positions available.
“Students come in throughout the year, they take a deep dive into several of the services that we have,” Briggs said. “Students also had a hand in that, they were able to select which areas they were most interested in.”
Briggs says there are so many more jobs in hospitals than just doctors and nurses.
Participants in the program heard panel discussions from healthcare workers, toured work spaces, and got hands-on experience.
“Going in the operating room, and talking to people who have actually been through college and been through medical school already,” said Mikenzie Wallace, who participated in the program and gave a speech at the graduation ceremony.
She says the program has reinforced her interest in the medical field and will give her a leg up in the future.
“After I graduate high school, I want to major in nursing, and my end goal is to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist,” said Wallace.
NHRMC is planning a future open house for students interested in joining the upcoming class of healthcare explorers.
We will provide more information on that when it is available.