RHS 8th Graders Attend Health Career Camp at HAMC

OR.jpgJust over 50 eighth-grade students took part in a Rural Collaborative Opportunities for Occupational Learning in Health (R-COOL-Health) Scrubs Camp on April 5th at HAMC.
Scrubs Camp is an opportunity for students to learn about the many local rural healthcare career options available. The camp offers creative, interactive activities with hands-on experiences in several health careers
R-COOL-Health Scrubs Camps are in their 10th year (HAMC has participated the last 9 years), and take place in 11 cities across ND. They are funded by the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the North Dakota Area Health Education Centers. The schools, healthcare facilities, and economic or job development authorities partner to increase collaborations and awareness of the economic impact of healthcare in North Dakota.
“Exposing students to healthcare careers at this age gives them an opportunity to be proactive when they enroll in their high school classes next year. They can also job shadow, participate in our VolunTeen Program, and potentially take our Certified Nursing Assistant class. It’s important the students understand that being in healthcare doesn’t just mean you are a doctor or nurse. There are so many different professions directly related to patient care and I hope we shed some light on that for them during camp.” States Dani Schell, Marketing Coordinator.
Organizations collaborating with HAMC in the effort include Dakota Eye Institute, Rugby Public Schools, Rugby Dental and the Rugby Job Development Authority.
The current and projected shortage of healthcare professionals in North Dakota and across the nation is creating a critical demand for an increased healthcare workforce. A national shortage of at least 124,000 physicians and 500,000 nurses is projected by 2025.