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Westview Students Prep for Health Care Professions
Posted on 10/03/2019
This is the image for the news article titled Westview Students Prep for Health Care ProfessionsAs one group of students at Westview are gloved and gowned and ready to proceed with health science education, another is learning the importance of hospital corners in a capstone nursing education course. In just another day of meeting prescribed standards, all are receiving the integrative learning experiences to help them determine if a field in health care is in their future.

This week, health science education classes learned how to wear and remove personal protective equipment (PPE) gowns and gloves. This skill practice meets one of 21 standards that primarily freshman must complete for the introductory course designed to prepare students to pursue careers in the fields of public health, therapeutics, health informatics, diagnostics, and support services.

“Upon completion of this course, a proficient student will be able to identify careers in these fields, compare and contrast the features of healthcare systems, explain the legal and ethical ramifications of the healthcare setting, and begin to perform foundational healthcare skills,” said Carolyn Glover, RN BSN, who teaches the introduction class. “This course will serve as a strong foundation for all of the Health Science programs of study.”

Glover, who also serves as a sponsor for HOSA, a club for Future Health Professionals, formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America, noted that health science education students are usually members of HOSA as well.

students show off gloves in health classMembers of the first period class pictured here are (back row left to right) Omarion Harris, Christian Ingram, Jackson Hopper, Emilio Nunez, Quincy Hamilton, Luke Brown; (front row) Alyssa Brooks, Ahyania Ivory, Hayli King, Braedyn Hazlewood, Brandon McCollum, Makena Greer, Katie Butler, Katy Cursey, Abbey Bunchanan, and Chanler Webber

Nursing education has 26 standards. Though currently students do not receive certification, they do complete coursework designed to prepare them to pursue careers in the field of nursing.

“Upon completion of this course,” Glover explained, “a proficient student will be able to implement communication and interpersonal skills, maintain residents’ rights and independence, provide care safely, prevent emergency situations, prevent infection through infection control, and perform the skills required of a nursing assistant.”

nursing students learning bed-making techniquesHere the students -- Anne Margaret Carithers, Alexis Callins, Cyndi Nichy, and Mariah May – are shown learning the skill of making an occupied and an unoccupied bed. These are senior Health Science Concentrators planning on pursuing a health career, said Glover.

The health science courses are part of the county’s Career Technical Education (CTE) emphasis. The four area high schools have 18 CTE teachers also covering Agriculture, Family and Consumer Science, Business and Marketing and Advanced Manufacturing.