SUMMER NURSING INSTITUTE PROVES SUCCESSFUL FOR LOCAL STUDENTS
Pittsburgh, July 22, 2008 — For the second year in a row, the Summer Nursing Institute, sponsored by La Roche College and UPMC Passavant, was a success for students in 8th, 9th, and 10th grade with an interest in a nursing or health care career.
The four-day institute, which took place during the last week of June, drew 22 students from the following schools: Brentwood, Carlynton, Center Area, Hampton, Highlands, Mars Area, North Allegheny, North Hills, Riverside, Shaler and Vincentian.
Created to help introduce high school students with an interest in medical careers to the rewards and challenges involved in these careers, the institute was extremely well-received, according to Rosemary McCarthy, Ph.D., director of nursing, La Roche College.
“This program helps to spread accurate information about the profession so that young people can make an informed decision concerning future possibilities in nursing,” she said.
The first two days of the institute introduced the participants to basic information about a career in nursing. They reviewed academic requirements for enrollment, such as SAT scores and high school courses that are necessary for acceptance into the nursing program. Then, it was time for hands-on experience. Students worked with nursing instructors to learn how to take a person’s blood pressure, check a pulse rate and count respirations. Students also received CPR and first aid training.
At UPMC Passavant, participants’ clinical experience included observation in nursing units such as Emergency Room, Intensive Care and Outpatient Oncology, as well as physical therapy, occupational therapy and pharmacy. Health professionals from all of these areas were on hand to talk about their careers.
“I am pleased that we have had so much interest in this program. The nursing shortage has a widespread impact on the entire health care system, and the lives of many people are affected by the need for nurses,” said Lynette Beattie, R.N., M.S.N., assistant director of nursing and program facilitator, who created the Nursing Institute. “Through this initiative, we hope to encourage young people to pursue a career in nursing or related health care professions.”
Dr. McCarthy noted that evaluation comments from students who participated in the Summer Nursing Institute were very positive and that many students remarked that they are considering nursing as their college major.
“That is our goal – to inform this population about what we do and the many opportunities there are in the profession,” she added.
Information on the Summer Nursing Institute 2009 program willl be posted in January 2009 at www.laroche.edu/nursing. People who would like to be placed on the mailing list for next year’s institute should contact Beth Waclawski in La Roche’s Nursing Department at 412-536-1170.