Students get pulse on college experience at Health Careers Week

Four Promise Neighborhood high school students experienced college life during Baldwin Wallace Health Careers Week. Health Careers Week allows high school students interested in health care to spend a week at Baldwin Wallace University exploring careers in the industry.

In partnership with Baldwin Wallace University and Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, Promise Neighborhood offered four Health Careers Week scholarships to students from the Central neighborhood. Jesean Bunton, Raelin Vincent, Altonta’e Harvey and Shai’Anne Walker joined students from all over Northeast Ohio in week of adventures and learning.

Health Care Careers week student volunteer at MedWIsh International.
Health Care Careers week student volunteer at MedWish International.

Each session or activity  at Health Careers week exposes students to a different aspect of health care and related career opportunities. Students learn what their educational path could look like should they choose to pursue a career in the health care field. The schedule includes quality time in the University’s biology and cadaver labs where students learn about interpreting blood panels and examining the layout of organs in real human cadavers used by Baldwin Wallace pre-med and biology students. Using medical mannequins and other equipment, students also participated in exercises led by nursing and physician assistant program faculty including suturing, infection control, blood pressure monitoring, wound care and Code Blue response.

Raelin Vincent, senior at Jane Adams High School, wants to go into sports medicine because of the opportunities in the field and because she enjoys athletics.

“This is a great opportunity to meet people who are already in the field that I want to go into and to really see what it’s like to be at college,” Vincent said.

Shai’Anne Walker decided she wanted to pursue a career in nursing after an accident left her with a broken pelvic bone. During her hospital stay she saw the important role nurses play in patient care and decided that she would like to do the same.

The 2017 Baldwin Wallace Health Careers Week included a trip to MedWish International where the students learned about the organization’s mission to send medical supplies (that hospitals in the United States would normally dispose of) to people all over the world who need them. MedWish staff were preparing shipments to Ukraine, Pakistan and Serbia. Health Careers Week students helped them sort through supplies.

Health Careers Week campers visit MetroHealth System.
Health Careers Week campers visit MetroHealth System.

During their visit to the Baldwin Wallace University Physicians Assistant program, students learned suturing techniques and about eye and ear examinations. In the nursing skills lab they learned about protective equipment and wound care. All students received Heartsaver CPR/AED certification during the week.

Health Careers Week campers also visited MetroHealth System Hospital and participated in evening activities such as attending a Cleveland Indians game, a dinner cruise on the Nautica Queen and other outings.

“This is an awesome opportunity for Alonta’e to get some hands-on experience that aligns with what she will be doing at school this year. This will really let her put all the pieces together in terms of what she wants to study in college and what the college experience will be like,” said Kyra Alexander, mother of Altona’e Harvey and Promise Ambassador.

Health Careers Week is an invaluable opportunity for students to spend a week in a higher education setting with other high school students and to interact with university faculty and healthcare professionals.