UPMC hosts High School Healthcare Career Day

South Williamsport Area High School seniors Brody Persson, 17, left, and Jayda Miller, 18, right, try to find a number in the phone book and then dial it correctly, while Miller wears glasses that reflect the UPMC healthcare career Simulates having cataracts on Day. Liberty Arena in Williamsport on Wednesday. This table by UPMC Senior Communities gave the students an opportunity to know what it is like to live with vision or hearing loss. Karen Wiebert-Kennedy/Sun-Gazette

UPMC hosts High School Healthcare Career Day

Future nurses, pathologists, phlebotomists, respiratory therapists, paramedics, senior community health workers and environmental science professionals were among those who checked out the career stations set up inside Liberty Arena on Wednesday.

To the background sound of the vibrant music and dance UPMC mascot Will M. Sport, dozens of students in the area, in Classes 10 to 12, are the age when many are starting to consider what they want to do after secondary education. , Met with health professionals with UPMC in North Central Pa.

These professionals collaborate with local colleges and universities and military recruiters with the Army, Army Reserves and Navy to host healthcare career exploration fairs held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lock Haven University, Susquehanna University, Pennsylvania College of Technology and Luzerne County Community College were represented.

“We actually organized this event to try to introduce students to the many different opportunities in healthcare and show them what it means to be a health worker,” Kyle Bryan, who is with the Human Resources Department at UPMC North Central Pa, who helps recruit.

Students dressed in virtual reality eyewear at a behavioral science table, wore tinted glasses mimicking a cataract patient, looked at tourniquets being put on by a paramedic in a pre-hospital care station and found that air conditioning and heating, vehicles And the mechanics servicing the buildings are the majority of the team on engineering and maintenance performance to keep the hospitals running smoothly.


Paramedics and emergency medical technicians with UPMC Prehospital Services with Susquehanna Regional Emergency Medical Services show how a tourniquet is applied to stop a life-threatening hemorrhage, how a patient is intubated to receive oxygen to their lungs When they are not breathing and they are shown. What it was like to be the first line of defense when patients were in serious life-saving need.

A nurse recruitment station shows you how to become not only a registered or licensed practical nurse, but also a certified nurse assistant or CNA.

UPMC has opportunities for patient care technicians, which are similar to CNAs, but do not require certification prior to employment.

“We will teach them the skills ahead of time after they get their high school diploma or GED to take an interest in nursing,” Brian said.

A respiratory medicine team, a career field that has received a lot of hype due to COVID, was next to the UPMC pharmacy team. Pharmacy workers may need a bachelor’s or associate’s degree, but there are also non-graduate certificates available to pursue.

Team members from the UPMC HR department showed students opportunities in HR and talked to them about the types of careers open, benefits available and jobs that were part-time and full-time.

“Helping guide them further in their career track,” Brian said.

Surgical services professionals were present to explain what instruments are used in surgery, give a perspective of an operating room, and describe the prevalence of same day surgical procedures.

Operating rooms are needed not only for surgeons, but also have programs for nurses, anesthesiologists, surgical technicians—all important to successful surgery, post-surgery, and ultimately patients’ healing and long-term health.

Hospitals are small towns and the food service department providing food for cafeterias goes far beyond what is served to patients and staff. This department is also for students aspiring to become dietitians and is important for patients who are on their way to recovery.

A large gathering of students gathered around a team working in senior communities. These long-lived providers put the students on glasses to mimic cataracts and asked them to take pills of the correct color and read a phone book.

UPMC Lab is represented.

With the pandemic in the past few years, laboratory workers “At times became the unsung hero,” Brian said. Lab professionals, including pathologists, phlebotomists, and medical laboratory technicians, work as a team with physicians for holistic patient care.

For students interested in chemistry, biology, and math who may not be as comfortable on the patient floor, the laboratory area may be the place to go.

The physical, occupational and speech therapists had a table with samples of the human spinal cord. Environmental science staff demonstrated how they clean rooms and equipment, showing how dirty the surface of the phone is with viruses and bacteria.

The UPMC has a Behavioral Health Department for patients who may have some sort of behavioral illness or disorder that can cause problems with mobility or speech.

Overall, the opportunity to provide career-path guidance was a valuable day for most students, who walked around each display table, scrutinizing literature and freebies provided by UPMC and The Liberty Arena staff.

Overall, a $24 billion health care provider and insurer, Pittsburgh-based UPMC has invented new models of patient-centered, cost-effective, accountable care and is the largest non-profit in Pennsylvania, integrating 92,000 employees, 40 hospitals, and 800. Government remains employer. Doctors’ offices and outpatient sites.

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