MCTEC Nursing Students Host Health Care Seminar

PRINCETON, WV, October 28, 2015:    Mercer County Technical Education Center hosted a Health Care Seminar today for students aspiring to enter the Health Care field of study.  Twenty students from Bluefield High School, Montcalm High School, Princeton Senior High School and PikeView High School attended the three hour event.  Students rotated through various stations.  The day began with Nurse Practitioner, Chastity Walker, explaining to the students the various types of nursing as well as the pay differentiation for each nursing field.  She also enlightened the students on some of the more memorable experiences she witnessed while working as a nurse.

After Walker addressed the students, MCTEC Practical Nursing students presented a pictorial demonstration explaining the MCTEC Adult Education Nursing Program.  Additionally, the nursing students monitored and modeled a blood pressure station, a stethoscope station, a hygiene station, a CPR station, and a general First Aid station.  

Courtney Gracon, Facilitator of Career Connections, feels this experience allows students who are in the process of deciding on a career the opportunity to experience aspects of the nursing field first hand.

Justice Brooks, a ninth grade student a Bluefield High School, said she felt it was very important for people to have doctors and nurses who care about their patients.  She also said that she knew the presenters must care because they were volunteering their time to teach high school students about the health care industry. 

Brandon Danieley, a MCTEC Adult Education Program Nursing Student pursuing a LPN license said he thinks it is important to allow students to learn what they are expected to know about nursing requirements before entering the nursing field.  Personally, he tried to talk to the students today about the items he wish he had known before he began this program.  

The Mercer County Board of Education, Dr. Deborah Akers-Superintendent, Rosemary Mitchell – Director of MCTEC and Courtney Gracon would like to thank all the nursing students for helping Career Connections facilitate this educational opportunity for students interested in the Health Care Field.