By Fraser Mooney
By mid-December, most high school students are looking forward to Christmas break.
But at Digby General Hospital an enthusiastic group of students were looking forward to learning about health care careers.
On Dec. 12 a health care panel and discussion took place at Digby General Hospital to introduce local high school students to different professionals and job opportunities in health care.
The goal was to encourage students to explore–and hopefully pursue–a health care career.
Students from Islands Consolidated School, Digby Regional High School and St. Mary’s Bay Academy were invited to attend, with some participating virtually.
“I am interested in becoming a nurse practitioner and this session informed me of the different options there are to making my dream job a reality,” said student Gemma Moore.
“I am truly grateful to have this kind of support in our town."
Students had a chance to ask questions during a panel discussion.
The panel included licensed practical nurse Chantelle Hazelton; nurse practitioner Vanina Walsh; medical social worker Emily Courney; Dr. Ashley McCormick, Dr. David LaPierre and medical student Joel Arsenault, who joined virtually.
Student Willow Walker is interested in a career as a paramedic.
“I found the day very informative,” she said.
Guest speakers also included NSHA volunteer resources consultant Tanya Maillet, Tideview Terrace volunteer coordinator Ariel Rice, and Digby General Hospital site lead Hubert d’Entremont.
“As a co-op teacher, I found the panel very beneficial and informative for students wondering about health professions as careers,” said teacher Geraldine Amirault.
“There should be more information sessions like these for students so they can make informed decisions.”
The day was a true community effort, with organizers and sponsors including the team of the Digby and Area Health Services Centre, representatives of SchoolsPlus, Turning the Tide/Inspiring Communities Digby, the Digby and Area Health Services Charitable Foundation, and Atlantic Superstore Digby.
Feedback from the students will be used in planning future events and activities, and students will be added to the organizing committee.