July 10, 2012
Blacksburg, Virginia, July, 2012 – LewisGale Hospital Montgomery, with the support of the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, is offering a new nursing career camp for area high school students. The camp will be held September 15 and 16 and will provide hands-on experience in the healthcare field.
“With the popularity of our annual healthcare camp for middle school students, we started to get requests from area high schools to offer a similar opportunity for their students,” said Diane Gully, B.S.N, R.N., LewisGale Hospital Montgomery Education Department. “We are excited to offer 16 high school students the chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at the nursing profession and the different options that are available in this field.”
The students will explore the different disciplines of nursing such as the registered nurse’s role in obstetrics and oncology, the role of an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) in the emergency department, and the role of a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) in the operating room. Activities for the weekend camp also include isolating DNA cells extracted from cheek cells, learning how to perform stitches and interacting with computerized mannequins in various simulated scenarios at Radford University’s Nursing Simulation Lab.
The camp is open to any high school junior or senior. Applicants will be required to write a short essay about why they are interested in a nursing career. Sixteen applicants will be selected to attend the nursing camp this fall. The deadline to apply is August 10. For more information, contact Diane Gully at 540-443-3932.
“We hope to inspire these young students to strongly consider the nursing profession,” said Scott Hill, CEO, LewisGale Hospital Montgomery. “Nursing is a rewarding career and there are many opportunities for nurses at our hospitals and throughout Virginia.”