Local high school students came to Stephens College campus today to explore careers in the health professions, learn about health and wellness topics, and gain hands-on laboratory experience.
“These young women are interested in pursing a career in the health science field, but they may not understand all of their options,” explained Suzan Harkness, Vice President of Academic Affairs for Stephens, “moreover, they may not know how to best prepare for college while they are still in high school. Taking the right sequence of courses in high school will ensure they are on the right track as they plan for and prepare for college.
“We hope that today gave them a taste of their options and opportunities,” she said.
Dean Susan Muller, faculty and undergraduate volunteers from the School of Health Science shared their expertise in health and wellness with chemical laboratory testing of foods and interactive presentations on the effects of nutrition and stress.
Representatives from Boone Hospital Center shared a diversity of career experiences in a panel discussion. Joining Stephens from Boone Hospital were Deanna Powers, RN-Patient Care Manager; Sharilyn Reedy, MSN-Clinical Staff Educator; and Teri Kaune, BS, PHR-Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist. The panel talked about hands-on patient care roles as well as the business and administration side of healthcare.
The director of Stephens’ Master in Physician Assistant program also spoke about that career path and Stephens’ career center staff provided additional perspectives.
Current Stephens students who are members of Tri-Beta Honors Society also assisted with the activities, and escorted visiting students around the Stephens campus. Visiting students were from Hickman, Rock Bridge and Battle high schools and sponsored by the schools’ AVID and EEE programs.
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