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Pittsburgh, July 10, 2007 -During the last week of June, 10 students from several Pittsburgh area school districts experienced a taste of their futures in health care at the Summer Nursing Institute. The students, who came from 8th, 9th and 10th grade, all have an interest in a nursing career and took part in the program that was sponsored by La Roche College, UPMC Passavant and UPMC Passavant Cranberry, the Theta Mu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau (Nursing Honor Society) and Johnson & Johnson’s “The Campaign for Nursing’s Future.”

The institute, created to help introduce students with an interest in medical careers to the exciting, challenging and rewarding career of nursing, drew students from the following school districts: Mars Area, North Allegheny, North Hills, Quaker Valley, Seneca Valley and South Fayette.

Their week began at La Roche College with classroom preparation that focused on basic health care and background information about the nursing profession and other health careers. The students then moved on to CPR and First Aid training and certification, including instruction on how to apply bandages, tourniquets and slings. The next two days were spent at UPMC Passavant Hospital, learning about hands-on patient care.

To show that not all nursing care happens at the bedside, instructors arranged for students to tour a STAT Medivac Helicopter. During the presentation, the crew told students about the skills a flight nurse would be required to have and how essential nursing care is during a crisis. Students also spent time in the emergency department and learned about the process by which patients are seen according to the gravity of their medical conditions.

After their final day of training, each student received a certificate of completion and was recognized at a special ceremony at UPMC Passavant’s Donor Hall. Parents and other family members were invited.

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