By Michelle Durham

CHESTER, Pa. (CBS) – Widener University School of Nursing is holding it’s 11th annual Nursing Workshop for high school students at 11 a.m. Thursday. It gives juniors and seniors who are inquiring about Nursing School hands on experience to help them decide if Nursing is the right career choice for them.

lindaokane Widener University Gives High School Students A Peek At A Career In Nursing

Linda O'Kane

Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Student Services Linda O’Kane says the students will move through several stations and participate in a variety of activities.

“They’ll actually be able to take a blood pressure, listen to a heartbeat, check for pulses they’ll do feeding stations. They’ll be feeding each other.”

This in addition to being exposed to an outdoor mobile Emergency Room, which is used in crisis situations, will be assembled in tents on the lawn. Students will also check out a Medical Helicopter so they understand what it is like to be a flight nurse.

“They need to know what is involved in being a nurse, the professionalism and the intensity of preparing themselves for the career.”

And the variety of positions nurses can hold.

O’Kane says 75 to 80% of the high school students who have attended these workshops actually register and attend Widener.

Reported by Michelle Durham, KYW Newsradio 1060

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