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Blinn introduces 7th and 8th graders to variety of health science career options

Participants used Blinn’s state-of-the-art clinical simulation technology to learn the basics of patient care

July 5, 2016

Blinn College’s third annual Health Science Center Summer Camp introduced 13 seventh and eighth graders to the wide variety of high-demand careers available in the health sciences.

Students and faculty from Blinn College’s Associate Degree Nursing, Emergency Medical Services, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiologic Technology, Veterinary Technology, Dental Hygiene and Fire Science programs demonstrated the basics of each profession, from the equipment they use to the techniques necessary to ensure quality, compassionate patient care.

“Our goal for this experience was to give each participant some ideas about the career options healthcare has to offer them,” said Sami Rahman, director of simulations. “On the last day, we asked each student what their favorite part was and we got a variety of answers. Some liked the virtual IV best, some liked nursing or physical therapy, but everyone found something in healthcare they were passionate about.”

The three-day camp was held at the Health Science Center campus, a 26,000-square foot, state-of-the-art facility featuring the latest clinical simulation technology.

On the first day of camp, participants were introduced to emergency medical services and fire science. Personnel from Bryan Fire Department Fire Station No. 5 showed students the tools they use to fight fires. Students also met paramedics, learned about the equipment inside a working ambulance and learned about the variety of careers available in both fields.

The Dental Hygiene Program spoke to students about dental care and maintenance and told students about the role dental hygienists play. The Associate Degree Nursing Program taught students how to take blood pressure, conduct patient assessments, hear a variety of heart and lung sounds and to start an IV using a virtual IV system.

Radiologic Technology showed students how to conduct an x-ray, and the Veterinary Technology Program gave an overview of what veterinary technicians do and demonstrated how to care for animals. The Physical Therapist Assistant Program showed students how important physical therapy is to the recovery process and demonstrated a variety of recuperative exercises.

Students also had the opportunity to simulate patient care with Blinn’s high-fidelity mannequins, which allow students to simulate CPR, take vitals and interact with a patient.

On the final day of camp, students participated in a simulation featuring two patients who were guided through the entire treatment process, from emergency response to radiology and nursing, and finally to physical therapy.

“I already have an email from one of the moms saying how much her daughter really enjoyed the experience,” Rahman said.