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Career Corner: Health Science
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Friday, December 07, 2018
From left to right: Marissa Thompson is taking Mrs. Skeen’s blood pressure and is making sure to keep her patient’s arm at the correct level.
From left to right: Marissa Thompson is taking Mrs. Skeen’s blood pressure and is making sure to keep her patient’s arm at the correct level.
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The article below was first published by The Standard Banner.

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department at Jefferson County High School, offers a Health Science program of study to give students insight into the medical field. There are many classes to take including Health Science, Medical Therapeutics, Nursing Education, Diagnostic Medication, and Anatomy and Physiology. They have various lab equipment they use such as: hospital beds, manikins, blood pressure cuffs, stethoscopes, thermometers, catheters, gate belts, wheelchairs, bedpans, and phlebotomy arms. Access to these resources gives students valuable hands-on practice with what they will frequently use in the medical field.

The Health Science program offers students the opportunity to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). The CNA license allows one to place stepping stones in their career for the future. There are many activities a student can perform on patients such as: bed baths, lifting, turning, washing, and nail and hair care. Clinical Internship allows students to go off campus during school hours to volunteer at clinics to really experience the life of a certified nurse. Many students have started working right out of school as a part-time job before furthering their degree with a nursing program. For example, Baleigh Lethco went into Home Health and is currently working on private duty. Arinn Arnold is working at a hospital in the Emergency Department.

Jefferson County High School has a club called HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America); This club helps promote future opportunities in the health care industry and develops an entrance to health care for all its members. This year HOSA had ninety-two students sign up at their recent membership drive. HOSA hosts competitions where students compete in speech and have sixty competitive events that are aligned to the National Healthcare Foundation and Accountability Criteria. Mrs. Skeen said, “it’s a fun club that feels like a family and brings students together.”

HOSA has had many successes last year. In competitions, HOSA has gone to regionals, state, and nationals. Last year Arabella Smith made it to the state level and soon after, nationals. She stated, “It really impacted my look on teamwork. It also gave me an inside look on what it’s like to be interviewed by health professionals.” In competitions, some of the things they work on include the placement of the nasogastric tube and have a medical innovations team practice healing wounds quicker. Samantha Porter says the health science class is “a great way to learn about basic nutrition, medicine, and wound care.”

Several students in the program commented on how this program has impacted their futures and confirmed they are pursuing the right field. Marissa Thompson says, “the health science education classes are a great opportunity to become a CNA.” Marissa Thompson (senior), Vanessa Craig (senior), and Samantha Porter (junior) say they all want to go to Walters State Community College to work in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Alexis Holt (junior) says she wants to go to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville to become a registered nurse (RN).

On November 2nd during school hours, JCHS will host a blood drive to help raise money for HOSA. The school coordinates the blood drive through Medic in Knoxville, which averages about 150 participants who are willing to give blood. To be eligible to donate, one needs to be over sixteen years old with a specific weight to go with their age. Mrs. Skeen says they support the blood drive because it “provides people with a life-saving opportunity.”

Gina Albert and Jennifer Zapata, JCHS Service-Learning Students