Camp Gives Kids First Hand Experience in Health Care

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY When you were in middle school, did you know what you wanted to be when you grew up? Some Valley students do and they got to see first hand what it's like to work in their dream job.

For the first time ever, middle school students got to venture into the operating room to learn what it's like to be doctors and nurses at Rockingham Memorial Hospital for a camp.

From operating tables to surgical procedures, the kids got the whole hands on experience, giving them motivation for the future.

"I've been thinking about being a nurse when I grow up," said Noelia Munoz, a participant.

One of the program coordinators said it's important to expose kids in middle school to health care, so they can choose the proper path to get a job in the medical field in the future.

"It's also very important that when they enter high school, that they take the appropriate classes, so we want them to be taking the science and the math," said Silvia Garcia-Romero, a coordinator of the program.

Garcia-Romero said program leaders chose kids who are already interested in health care and students of diverse backgrounds who may be the first in their families to go to college.

"There's a shortage of health care professionals, particularly when we look at minority or under-represented groups," said Garcia-Romero.

She said this program opens more opportunities for these kids and the kids are looking forward to them.

"I've quite enjoyed it, they're very informative, which is what I enjoy and I hope to continue learning more about this," said Isaiah King, a participant.

Garcia-Romero says this is just the first of many RMH programs that they plan to do with kids this year.

The camp lasts through the end of this week.


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