A host of high school students converged on the Estes Community Center in Chase City recently to attend the Southside Virginia Community College Health Careers Fair. More than 200 high school juniors and seniors in attendance were from the counties of Amelia, Appomattox, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, and Prince Edward.
The purpose of the event was to familiarize students interested in health careers with SVCC's programs, including nursing, both LPN and RN, massage therapy, emergency medical services, and medical office assisting. Students also had the opportunity to learn about ways to further education in varied health care fields they can complete by transferring to nearby schools, including physical therapy, respiratory therapy, radiology, sonography, and more.
One of the highlights of the event was a student panel consisting of men and women who have completed or are currently enrolled in the PN and ADN programs. The student panel was asked various questions about SVCC’s health career programs and the dedication it takes to complete these programs.
The SVCC Panther was on hand as well as a Zumba instructor and other college representatives.
Students were able to experience the college’s Sim Lab that features a computer-driven human simulator known as Sim Man and its smaller counterparts Sim Baby and our newly arrived Sim Newbie. Together, they allow students to assess changeable heart sounds, breath sounds, chest movement, experience cardiac monitoring and effects of interventions and medications given with patients across the life span. Our simulators can demonstrate different customized patient profiles and individualized medical scenarios ranging from basic to complex nursing care. Another simulator, "Noelle", provides maternal and neonatal birthing simulation.
The VCU LifeEvac helicopter also landed outside the Estes Center and students were able to learn about this service. VCU LifeEvac provides both scene and interfacility transfer of critically ill patients for areas that have previously not had this transport option available to them.
Dr. Michelle Edmonds, Dean of Nursing and Health Technology at SVCC stated, "It is an exciting time in health care, and it was wonderful how many students were interested in learning more about health career opportunities at Southside Virginia Community College."
The event was made possible through the generosity of the SVCC Foundation's Educational Excellence Grant and generous giving of time and expertise from many area health care professionals, surrounding colleges, VCU/CMH in South Hill, and PATHS in Boydton.