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Medical Explorer program participants experience a day in the life of a nurse

Kari Mau, professor in the School of Nursing helps a local high school student in the Medical Explorers program learn about healthcare professions.

Faculty in the Waters College of Health Professions School of Nursing opened their doors to 50 Savannah-area high school students in the Medical Explorers program to introduce them to the field of nursing and healthcare-related careers.

The Medical Explorers, which is made up of high school students representing seven different schools, were introduced to nursing careers and participated in a series of medical stations that aimed to provide students with a better understanding of what it is like being a nurse or a nursing student.

Stations, located throughout the Health ProfessionsAcademic Building (HPAB), included hand hygiene, bleeding control, injections, respiratory simulation, advanced practice registered nurse role, registered nurse role, military nursing, and blood pressure measurement. Twelve nursing faculty assisted the students at the stations. Attendees were also provided a tour of the HPAB.

“Georgia Southern University’s long-standing relationship with the Medical Explorers program is a mutually beneficial relationship,” said Danielle Peacock, APRN, lecturer and event coordinator. “The Medical Explorers not only get a taste of what a career in health professions looks like, but the University also gets early exposure for future students.”

The Medical Explorer program is a pipeline program sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America and geared toward high school students who are interested in careers in the healthcare field. High schools in attendance included Beach, Jenkins, Woodville-Tompkins, Savannah Arts Academy and Sol C. Johnson high schools.

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