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Teens explore health care career choices

Delta College nursing student Alla Yarmolyuk works with Manteca High Health Science freshmen at last week's field trip.

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POSTED March 24, 2010 2:45 a.m.
About 31 ninth-grade students at Manteca High attended last week’s Health Science field trip at Delta College.

They’re part of the Health Science program.  According to school officials, not only did they have fun at the March 17 event but were also exposed to valuable career information.
Take the nursing skills lab, for example.

It’s here that students learned firsthand how to do blood pressure readings. They also received training on the respirometer – this is a device used to measure the rate of respiration of a living organism via the rate of exchange of oxygen and / or carbon dioxide – how to read and record vital signs, patient care and first aid procedures, and aseptic technique applications, to name a few.

Local students, in addition, had a chance to get involved in the question and answer session with nursing students.

Those enrolled in this program often come out of it prepared with entry-level skills and knowledge to practice in the role of a registered nurse in a variety of health care settings.

The Delta College nursing students, in turn, shared their experiences and provided valuable advice to youngsters about their time in high school

 “Overall, this was a great experience for the students,” said MHS Science teacher Greg Conway.  “No other field trip this year has given them the insight into a career like this one.

“Students gained a realistic understanding of the path it takes to become a nurse.”

He added that many of his students are considering pursuing this field.
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