Flagler High School Students Get Close-Up Look at Medical Careers
Last week over fifty students from both Flagler Palm Coast and Matanzas High Schools got a better look at all the careers found inside a hospital setting at Florida Hospital Flagler. This opportunity is one of a series of Career Exploration Tours sponsored by the Flagler Education Foundation and Flagler Schools through the Classroom to Careers initiative. The day began with Robert Davis, Chief Nursing Officer for Florida Hospital Flagler, giving the students an overview of the myriad of careers inside a large hospital. Directors of the various departments then briefly described what went on in each of their fields. Students were provided with information on salary opportunities, training requirements, and personal experiences from each of the presenters.
It was then time for the students to “gear up” in gowns, head coverings and gloves as they learned the importance of keeping their hands clean within the hospital. Florida Hospital Flagler staff were able to teach the lesson by way of a timed contest, which had the students racing to see who could correctly get ready for an “emergency” situation.
As part of the experience, the students were separated into three groups to get a closer look at the careers in action through guided tours into the various working areas of the hospital. They were able to see how everything from Environmental Services and Food Services to Physical Therapy and Radiology work in concert 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.
Following these “breakout” tours, Robert Davis said “to bring these students into a health care arena so they can see the various careers that healthcare has to offer them, understanding what the educational requirements are, and what their earning potential is, provides a really great opportunity for us to influence and positively inspire students.”
Lynette Shott, Executive Director of Student and Community Engagement with Flagler Schools spoke to the importance of exposing students to multiple career options, especially those related to opportunities in our Flagler Community. She shared that Career Exploration Tours such as this one recognize that it’s important for students to understand that a facility like a hospital is more than just doctors and nurses. “It is critical that we bring students from all ages so they can see something that spurs their interest, perhaps a field they were not aware of and can go back and follow through with their counselors to make sure they can plan those post-secondary opportunities to tie into what they found of interest here.”
Renee Stauffacher, a coordinator with Flagler Technical Institute followed the students on the tour. She also informed the students FTI would be extending Patient Care Technician and Patient Care Assistant certificate programs to high school students. “They’ll be earning their Certified Nursing Assistant license and if they want to continue on, they can earn their Phlebotomy and EKG certification.”
The Flagler County Education Foundation played a key role in transporting the students from the two campuses to the hospital. Robert Davis also serves on the board of the FCEF.
Flagler Schools appreciates the support Florida Hospital Flagler has continually given the district by offering these tours as well as supporting the “Classroom to Careers” initiative.
Farnoush Taghizadeh gives students a closer look at what happens in the Florida Hospital Flagler lab.
Students from Flagler Palm Coast and Matanzas High Schools "gear up" before a tour
of Florida Hospital Flagler