Three from North Webster High School spend day in Division of Nursing, Natural Sciences
Elizabeth Iverson, Jacara Little, and Hannah Talley of North Webster High School all spent a day (February 20) at Louisiana Tech University – Division of Nursing and College of Applied and Natural Sciences in Ruston to participate in Day with La. Tech program.
Elizabeth, Jacara, and Hannah were among 24 students from north Louisiana chosen to spend an entire day with professors and students at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston.
Day with La. Tech is a one-day, interactive program that provides Louisiana high school students with an opportunity to experience and observe a day's activities in the Division of Nursing and College of Applied and Natural Sciences.
While participating, students interacted with faculty and students as well as discussed health career options available at La Tech.
Activities for the day included hands-on training in ultrasounding a dog, practicing injections, learning skills a child life specialist would use to help their patients obtain a better understanding of what they may be going through and learning how to listen for breath/heart sounds using life-like simulators.
Division of Nursing and College of Applied and Natural Sciences faculty members were also available to answer questions regarding educational prerequisites, school admission requirements, housing and personal preparation for the commitment of a health career.
This unique health career enticement program is coordinated and sponsored by North Louisiana Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and Division of Nursing and College of Applied and Natural Sciences to educate future health professionals about the demand for healthcare professionals in rural and under-served areas of Louisiana.
Student participation is by invitation only and is limited to high school students residing in north Louisiana who have successfully completed other enticement programs sponsored by North Louisiana AHEC.
Students must be currently enrolled as a high school sophomore, junior or senior and have a 3.0 grade point average or better.
Special appreciation for the success of this program goes to Tanya Sims, and the Division of Nursing faculty and staff at Louisiana Tech University for their vision for the community and commitment to this enticement and recruitment effort.
"It will be many years before most of these young people have completed their post-secondary education and are eligible to apply for school," Sims said. "But this experience will have a significant impact on the choices they make over the next five or six years."
NLAHEC's goal is for these young people to be Louisiana's next healthcare professionals of the future.