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Pratt High School Students Shadow at PRMC

By: Gale Rose, Pratt Tribune
March 20, 2016

Several Pratt High School students learned firsthand some of the job requirements at Pratt Regional Medical Center during a shadowing visit Wednesday. Students shadowed surgery, radiology, family birthing suites, accounting and occupational therapy.

The purpose of the event was to introduce students to a variety of occupations necessary for hospital operations and to encourage students to return to Pratt to seek careers with PRMC, said Kim Stivers, PRMC director of community services. A challenge facing the health care industry in Kansas is getting people interested working in the industry and willing to live in rural Kansas. Through this program, the hospital hopes students will make the decision to come back to Pratt and work at PRMC, Stivers said.

The PRMC staff does a good job of interacting with students and encouraging them to pursue a career in the industry. There are a wide variety of jobs at the hospital. So much happens in a day that there is something for everyone, Stivers said.

David Loomis, Esmerlda Lopez and Robert Ford investigated the accounting department to learn the business end of hospital operations. Lopez said she loves math and wanted to learn what Chris Mahoney, PRMC director of patient financial services, does on a daily basis. Ford said he was a numbers guy and a problem solver. He liked finding the variety of jobs available in the accounting department. Loomis enjoys analyzing numbers and figuring out how things go together. He enjoyed learning how the hospital uses technology and how it impacts the department.

Paige Huber got some unique hands-on experience during her visit to the family birthing suite. She got to hold two-day old Parker Bralin Jean Fahrenbruch. She loves babies and wanted to learn more about what happens in the department to help her decide if she wanted to make it a career.

The physical therapy department was area of interest for Megan Kolm. She got to watch actual patient treatment and learn the variety of skills necessary to be a therapist like PRMC occupational therapist Jenny Lamatsch. She wanted to learn firsthand what the job required.

“I really like dealing with people,” Kolm said. “I want to see if want a degree in this job and job shadowing helps you figure it out.”

Students also learned why their mentor got involved in their job. Lamatsch said she liked anatomy and physiology and liked to help people.

Stephanie Reichenberger spent her time looking at x-rays as she visited the radiology department. She has taken a certified nurse aid course and thought radiologists were cool and wanted to learn more about their job. It will help her narrow down what she wants to get out of high school.

Radiology technologist Sysha McGuire said she got her start in the department when she did a shadowing program. She liked the idea that when she got done with the program she knew exactly what she would be doing. She also likes the patient contact. Because students were dealing with real patients and real patient information, they had to sign a confidentiality agreement before taking part in the activity, Stivers said.
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