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Manning Regional Healthcare Center Hosts Students for Healthcare Career Camp
Last Thursday Manning Regional Healthcare Center (MRHC) had 19 students from Ar-We-Va, Coon Rapids-Bayard, and IKM-Manning. Students interacted with several healthcare stations, offering hands-on experience with various healthcare roles. Michelle Anderson, the chief nursing officer, gave insights into how the camp helps local students find a career path in healthcare.
“I was in a meeting and another facility shared what they were doing, and I thought it was a great idea. So our team then decided on the experience that we would provide to the area students. I shared the idea with administration and our staff, and it took off from there.”
Anderson said they wanted the career camp to be as immersive as possible, but didn’t want to bore students. Typically, a student would see hospitals and clinics from a patient perspective, but this opportunity allowed the students to see much of the behind-the-scenes efforts that go into healthcare careers in hospitals and clinics. Anderson said students don’t have to travel far to work in a healthcare setting in West Central Iowa, whether that be on the front lines or in other roles.
“There are a lot of other valuable roles here to get that high-quality healthcare such as IT or finance, HIM which is health records, pharmacy, it goes on and on. ”
MRHC provides tuition assistance for various positions within the hospital, so interested students can reach out and discuss options to work their way into a fulfilling career. Julie Hodne, the education coordinator at MRHC, has worked in the healthcare industry for 37 years — 35 at MRHC. She is the primary coordinator for the career camp and handles logistics for hospital departments and schools.
“I reached out to school guidance counselors and acted as the liaison to all the departments featured here at MRHC, to ensure that we've had an effective experience in that everything flows smoothly throughout the day.”
The experience is tailored to middle and high school students. There are six stations that students interact with, starting with the ambulance, then the emergency room, and moving to the laboratory and radiology. Then it’s off to surgery, which is followed by the dietary, substance abuse Recovery Center, healthcare information management, information technology, and finance. Then on to the family practice clinic, infection control and specialty clinic, and lastly, the therapy department.
Sara Edholm is the Ar-We-Va K-12 school counselor. She said when MRHC reached out to share the goals they had for the career camp that it was a perfect fit for several of their students.
“As a rural school district located in a community that doesn't have a dedicated hospital, we appreciate that they reached out to us because this helps give students real experiences that can help them formulate a path for their future.”
Edholm was joined by Kora Obrecht, who is a senior at Ar-We-Va Community School District. Both Edholm and Obrecht were impressed with the knowledge and professionalism displayed by the staff at MRHC. Obrecht knew this was something she wanted to attend, especially after being a patient. After that experience, Obrecht wanted to pursue a job in radiology.
“I had a knee injury last year and had a couple X-Rays and MRIs and just talking to the radiologists, I just found that profession really fun.”
Choosing a career path can be a difficult decision for students. Edholm said that having first-hand knowledge about what it is like to work in a hospital and what their job duties look like benefits kids thinking about healthcare as their profession. Anyone interested in learning more about the MRHC career camp, or open positions at the hospital, may visit mrhcia.com/careers.