The Coshocton County Beacon October 17, 2018 - Page 23

OCTOBER 17, 2018 THE BEACON 23 Students exposed to healthcare and fi rst responder careers By Josie Sellers COSHOCTON – Dallas Byrd and Briana Adkins had the opportunity to practice listening to heartbeats and checking pulses thanks to a new program hosted by the Coshocton County Chamber of Commerce. Th e fi rst healthcare/fi rst responder day for area high school students was held Oct. 12. One of the stops on the students tours were the nursing labs at the COTC Coshocton Campus. “Th e simulators and hearing the heart beat was pretty cool,” said Byrd, who is a sophomore at Ridgewood High School. He is thinking about going into the Marines after high school, but Adkins is possibly considering a career in nursing. “Hearing the heartbeat was a highlight,” she said. In addition to COTC, the students also visited the Coshocton Regional Medical Center, Coshocton Fire Department, Coshocton County Emergency Medical Services, and heard from the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Coshocton County Sheriff ’s Offi ce K-9 unit. Brandi Lohr, a junior at River View, signed up for the day because she’s interested in a career in radiology. She was impressed with what she learned about the programs COTC off ers at its four campuses. “I didn’t know how many classes they off er over the four campuses,” Lohr said. “I’m hoping I can go to school somewhere close.” Patty Vatter was looking forward to visiting the hospi- tal. Josie Sellers | Beacon Briana Adkins got some hands-on nursing experience during the recent healthcare/fi rst responder day for area high school students. “I want to be a surgeon so hopefully I get to talk to someone there about that,” said the River View High School junior. However, she was impressed with what she learned at COTC. “Nurses do a lot more than I thought they do,” Vat- ter said. “Th ey do a wide range of things and we were shown that.” One of the people who showed the students around the nursing lab was Annie Carpenter from the nursing program. “We wanted to expose young people to our profession and show them the tools we use and how we learn with them,” she said. “Th is gave them a real look at nursing school and what it’s about.” Carpenter showed the students mannequins they use and explained how diff erent health situations can be simulated with them. “When you take students to a hospital you are limited to the patients they have in their care,” she said. “With these you can simulate diff erent things and they get to experience how to react to that.” More than 120 students signed up for the event. “Th e Coshocton County Chamber of Commerce along with business partners from the Coshocton Port Author- ity and Ohio Means Jobs-Coshocton County learned fi rst-hand during industry visits with local companies of the challenges they face in hiring skilled employees, so we thought exposing our area youth to the outstanding careers would be very benefi cial to both the students and organizations,” said Amy Stockdale, executive director of the Coshocton County Chamber. 520 Main St., Coshocton • 740-622-4429 e-mail: • Mon-Fri 8-4:30pm Boyer Insurance Taking Care of You and Your Family... Generation After Generation AUTO • HOME • LIFE • BUSINESS Call for a FREE Quote! 740-622-2131 225 Chestnut Street, Coshocton Spiders, Bees, Fleas, Ants, Mice, Rats, Termites, Roaches & More EXTERMITAL EX TERMIT AL TERMITE & PEST CONTROL SINCE 1936 Family Owned & Operated • West Lafayette 740-545-9786 “Over 75 Years of Service” WE COME, PESTS GO!