A group of nine Sussex Academy juniors and seniors interested in pursuing careers in healthcare got an in depth tour of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and its many departments. At the end of April, Dr. Joseph Kim of the Nanticoke Physician Network led the group of students throughout many areas of the hospital and took time to answer any questions they had about what working in the medical field.
The group started their tour off by meeting various leaders from within the organization where they shared their areas interest of one day working in the medical field. Several students had dreams of becoming doctors and registered nurses, another hoped to become an EMT and one a social worker.
“The students were all just amazed at the experience,” Sussex Academy Academic Counselor Debbie Fees reported in a summary of the tour. “Because of the passion, dedication, and sense of cohesiveness they witnessed, all the students are reaffirmed in their decision to pursue a career in medicine.”
Areas toured included the Emergency Department, Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Radiology, Operating Room, Laboratory, Intensive Care Unit, Mother & Baby Care Center, and the Progressive Care Unit. While on the Cardiology unit, students learned about the various staff that make up the cardiac team and got to view a cardiac catheterization procedure that was in progress. Students “gowned-up” and were taken into the Operating Room where they were educated on the complete care of a surgical patient.
The tour concluded with a lunch provided by Nanticoke’s food services department and a question and answer session with staff from several areas of the hospital.
“Viewing almost every department really struck me and made me think of all my options in the medical field,” wrote Dom Santo, a senior at Sussex Academy in a letter thanking Dr. Kim and the medical staff of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. “Before the tour, I was unsure if I still wanted to pursue a career in the medical field. But as of now, I can surely say that I do want to be in the medical field and hopefully one day be a registered nurse.”
Nanticoke Health Services hopes to continue its partnership with Sussex Academy to help the next generation of medical professionals pursue their dreams.