CON Program Shows High School Students Opportunities in Nursing

Dec. 20, 2016 | White Hall high school students recently had the opportunity to learn some of the ins and outs of a career in nursing, thanks to a program of the UAMS College of Nursing and the UAMS Center for Diversity Affairs.

Fifty students from White Hall High School in Pine Bluff were on campus Nov. 18 to take part in hands-on activities and learn about the nursing profession from CON faculty and students, as well as UAMS nursing staff.

Students were shown proper suctioning and hand-washing techniques, CPR basics, how to insert an IV, and how to use a stethoscope to hear heart and lung sounds. The 10th through 12th graders were also able to ask questions of a panel of nursing students, faculty, and nurses during an afternoon discussion.

This is the fourth event made possible by the College of Nursing’s Growing Our Own in the Delta (GOOD) Scholars Program, funded by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The event, “Generation Next: Future Nurses,” sponsored by the college aims to give underrepresented students an opportunity to explore a career in nursing.

“This gives our College an incredible opportunity to provide students an avenue to explore various aspects of the nursing profession and gain insight into how to prepare themselves for a future in nursing,” said Sara Jones, PhD, APRN, assistant professor and specialty coordinator in the College of Nursing.

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