Students from North Miami Senior High experience a “Day in the Life of a Nurse”
Nov 19, 2008
Contact: Gladys Amador
Miami Shores, Fla. – The “Day in the Life of a Nurse” program allowed about thirty high school students from North Miami Senior High to look beyond graduation and into a career in nursing at Barry University.
Every year, the Nursing Consortium of South Florida, a coalition of hospitals, nursing schools, health care agencies, and foundations, organize the event with the goal to teach students the important work that nurses do and inspire them to prepare and do the same.
Barry University was one of two schools participating in the program, which is dominated by hospital participation. Those include Jackson Memorial, Baptist, Mercy and Miami Children’s, among several others.
At Barry’s nursing resource center, Kenny Parker and Enelin Cineas, both seniors at North Miami Senior High, learned how to perform duties such as taking a person’s blood pressure and pulse and listened to their heart beat through a stethoscope. Keila Cox, Esther Virgile and Rachel Poliard examined each other’s ears using an otoscope.
Dr. Henry Henao, director of the nursing resource center, spent the day creating mock emergency scenarios in the center’s patient room where a simulated manikin, also known as “simMAN,” takes on the personality of a patient who has just injured themselves. There, the students learned proper technique and manners when dealing with a patient. Dr. Andra Hanlon, director of the nurse practitioner program also worked with students throughout the day as did Kelli Simonton, a registered nurse who also works at the center.
Aside from working in the lab, students took a tour of the campus and learned about financial aid and other health care related careers from several faculty members.