MAILED: July 29, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- Six high school students from throughout Wisconsin explored health care careers earlier this month during the "Dimensions in Nursing" program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
"Dimensions in Nursing" was designed to help students explore nursing and health care related careers, said Lorraine Smith, assistant to the associate dean of nursing.
The program exposed the students to UW-Eau Claire and its nursing program, Smith said. Students also were advised about what kinds of courses to take in high school to help them in college, she said.
Students will give presentations on careers they are considering, said Cheryl Brandt, nursing instructor.
During the week, the students shadowed several health care professionals in the Eau Claire area, Brandt said. One student dressed in scrubs in a surgical suite, while another observed emergency room procedures, she said. Students also rode with home health nurses, she said.
"They are able to explore career options (through the program)," she said.
"Dimensions in Nursing," which is in its seventh year, allows students to participate rather than just listen, Smith said.
"The program steers away from just lecturing to the students," she said. "It's more active learning."
The students gave a group presentation to 3- and 4-year-olds at the Children's Center about the importance of hand washing, Smith said.
"Dimensions in Nursing" also incorporates diversity into the program, Smith said, noting that Teruko Riedel spoke to the students about Japanese health care.
The program ran simultaneously with the "Reach for the Stars" program. The students did several activities together, including attending a pow wow in Hayward and playing softball.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: July 30, 1997