Date: 4/20/2005

Community Healthcare System, high schoolers celebrate second annual Know a Nurse, Be a Nurse Day

In its second annual installment, Know a Nurse, Be a Nurse Day April 25 will allow area high school students more one-on-one time with nurses and an opportunity to visit more clinical areas than last year. The sixty high school juniors and seniors were chosen to participate from among all Lake County public and parochial high schools, as well as home-schooled students.

Aimed at introducing high school students to the high-tech, high touch field of nursing in a realistic way, the program this year adopted the personal mentor approach to allow students the opportunity to have even more of their questions answered. “Most high school students have had a limited exposure to the healthcare environment unless they were sick,” said Nurse Educator Kathy Jones, R.N., B.S.N. “They don’t understand what a nurse does these days. We want to remedy that and let students know what a wonderful career option nursing can be.”

To participate, students were required to fill out an application explaining why they are interested in exploring a career in nursing. Community Hospital in Munster will host 30 students while St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart will each host 15.

Students will start their day at 7:30 a.m. with a presentation on opportunities available in the nursing industry in the 21st century. Then they’ll be assigned to their mentors and units. Unit assignments were made based on students’ areas of interest expressed in their essays.

This program is sponsored in conjunction with the Nursing N.O.W. (Northwest Indiana Opportunities for Working Together) Initiative.

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