By: Rachel King, Haley Lucas, Marilyn Ramirez, and Cheyenne Pollard
Being a part of Health Science has a lot of advantages, one being that we have the opportunity to go to clinical. This allows us as students to get hands-on experience in the medical field, which helps us in deciding if we really want to work in a health care facility. For our clinical experience, we visit and observe at Pioneer Community Hospital of Choctaw.
We have been going to clinical since October of the fall semester. The first excitement that we had with this experience was getting to wear scrubs. It made us feel like we were actual professionals and helped us fit in. Our class was split in groups of 2 or 3 to job shadow several different professions in the hospital. We have worked in the emergency room, physical therapy department, lab, radiology, and the medical floor. During our time in the different departments of the hospital, we have learned about the equipment used and how to use it and have even been able to practice on each other. While in physical therapy we were given the opportunity to assist patients with strengthening exercises and gait training. In the ER we have had the opportunity to assist in drawing blood, taking vital signs, and discharging patients.
So far, working in the hospital has been exciting but at the same time, nerve racking. Knowing that we could possibly be doing this type of work for the rest of our lives really makes us want to learn as much as possible. This opportunity has given us more insight into our decision to pursue a career in the health care field.