IHPC put on another Discovery Health Occupations Camp with the help of our partners at Mt. San Jacinto College-Menifee Campus. This was a great opportunity for high school students to learn about the nursing and allied health programs offered there. Students participated in several breakout sessions and learned about Fire Technology,
Registered Nursing, Certified Nursing Assistant, Emergency Medical Technician, and Diagnostic Medical Sonography careers. There were plenty of hands-on activities to go around as students learned proper patient transfer from bed to wheelchair, and how to take blood pressure, pulse, and temperature. Wound care was also practiced, which received more than a few jokes as the students walked into to room full of "butts" lined up on tables with "wounds." It was explained to the students that wound care often starts with pressure points and bedridden patients can easily develop sores on, you guessed, their back ends. After the chuckles, students got down to the serious business of learning how to care and prevent these sores as medical students and instructors patiently showed them the steps. One of the many highlights of the day was when a gleaming red REACH Air helicopter landed on site and the students were allowed to climb onboard and talk to the air medics who were all too happy to share their passion for this type of health service, with the students. All in all, nearly 200 students and teachers from Elsinore, Citrus, Paloma, Heritage, West Valley, Tahquitz, Hemet, and Perris High Schools participated in the two-day Discovery Health Occupations.
PS. Did you know that, according to Glassdoor, a REACH Air Medic pilot makes between $64,000 to $83,000 dollars a year? Hmmm...something to think about!