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Scrubs Camp teaches southwest North Dakota college students about rural well being science careers – The Dickinson Press


Mar 18, 2023

DICKINSON – From bottle-feeding lambs to simulating phlebotomy, space Highschool college students got the chance to discover completely different well being science careers by way of a hands-on method at Scrubs Camp, a program supported by the Middle for Rural Well being on the College of North Dakota Faculty of Drugs & Well being Sciences geared toward growing consciousness, curiosity and understanding of well being careers out there in rural North Dakota.

Sophomores, juniors and seniors from surrounding space excessive faculties traveled from room to room the place well being science professionals from the neighborhood offered interactive lab experiences to assist present college students the number of well being science jobs out there.

The camp is a program supported by the Middle for Rural Well being on the College of North Dakota Faculty of Drugs & Well being Sciences centered on rural college students and growing consciousness, curiosity, and understanding of well being careers out there in rural North Dakota by way of inventive and interactive actions.

With 17 presenters and over 70 college students attending, Rhonda Schauer and Pat Billings, the 2 who organized the occasion, watched excitedly as their arduous work unfolded.

The 25-minute periods offered included surgical tech, emergency room nurse, EMS, pharmacy, incapacity companies, behavioral well being, and even veterinarians have been among the many lengthy record of presenters.

Schauer and Billings have been pleasantly stunned by the variety of folks and companies throughout the neighborhood that have been desirous to carve out a day to spend with college students, a lot so that there have been virtually too many volunteers.

“You count on half of them to say no or we’re short-staffed or we will not get the day trip or no matter however that simply did not occur. It was a very good downside,” Schauer stated.

Cashwise and Subway even helped to offer snacks and lunch to the formidable college students.

“We did not have to drag enamel to get folks to return, they have been all ,” Billings stated.

College students from not solely Dickinson however surrounding areas together with South Coronary heart, Belfield, Hettinger, and Hebron have been amongst a number of the excessive faculties collaborating within the occasion.

For each Schauer and Billings, it is very important provide alternatives like this to quite a lot of areas.

“The cool half to me is providing [the program] to so many various faculty areas that you just’re not solely feeding to the native education schemes however to the outlying ones too,” Schauer stated.

Billings agreed, mentioning that since North Dakota is so unfold out it may be too difficult for smaller communities to place one thing like this on.


College students are proven the ins and outs of phlebotomy and are capable of follow giving an IV on a coaching arm.

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College students shared their hopes of careers as psychological well being suppliers or desires of working as a pediatrician and although some felt they have not fairly narrowed down precisely what well being science profession they see themselves in but, many felt the occasion opened their eyes to completely different choices.

Mina Soggie is a junior at Dickinson Highschool who stated she actually preferred having the ability to see the completely different choices.

Whereas she has all the time wished to be a geriatric nurse, not solely seeing however getting hands-on expertise on the phlebotomy session opened her eyes to completely different pursuits too.

For Eva Dustin one other DHS junior, the periods have given her a greater understanding of what to anticipate from completely different profession paths.

“I feel it is quite a bit higher listening to it from the individuals who truly do it fairly than the lecturers as a result of then I get to really feel extra of the expertise firsthand and listen to concerning the completely different circumstances they did,” Dustin stated.


The Dickinson Fireplace Division exhibits college students the number of abilities it takes to do their job.

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Schauers’ aim is to offer this publicity to children in hopes it encourages them to enroll in well being science lessons and proceed on both working or going to the DSU nursing program, calling that scenario a win-win.

Averie Wax, DHS Sophomore, hopes to do exactly that to assist pave her path to turning into a plastic surgeon.

Wax plans on job shadowing within the bodily remedy subject her senior yr to get to know extra concerning the physique after which happening to Bismark State Faculty to pursue their surgical tech program.

Fortunately for Wax, surgical tech was one of many periods supplied and naturally, the one she was trying ahead to most.

Presenters from CountryHouse who work in reminiscence care loved the chance to share what a day of their job seems to be like and hopes to encourage the long run technology to get entangled in senior residing.

As in lots of healthcare fields, senior residing is experiencing a staffing disaster as Amanda Wilson, reminiscence care director defined, sharing that she generally worries about what the long run seems to be like for them.

For Wilson and Jessica Binstock, service coordinator at Nation Home, it was impactful to see what number of children have been keen on what the crew introduced.

To simulate what it feels prefer to dwell with dementia, the crew did a hands-on exercise spitting out instructions and attempting to journey up and confuse college students whereas they drew an image.

In the long run, they’ve this terrible image Wilson laughed, however then they talk about that that is what their sufferers expertise and the way they work to greatest navigate that.

“To see so many children keen on what now we have to say, it means quite a bit to us to be right here at this time,” Wilson stated.

Each Schauer and Billings have cherished the journey of not solely working collectively to placed on the occasion but additionally having the ability to see the sleek turnout.

Given the neighborhood involvement and scholar reactions, Schauer and Billings do hope to offer the occasion once more subsequent yr probably rising it even additional.

Allison Engstrom

Allison is a information reporter from Phoenix, Arizona the place she earned a level in journalism from the Walter Cronkite Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State College. After faculty, she labored as a center faculty writing trainer within the valley. She has made her approach across the U.S. driving from Arizona to Minnesota and finally discovering herself right here in Dickinson. She has a ardour for storytelling and enjoys masking neighborhood information.