Girl Scouts Explore Healthcare Careers

NEW HYDE PARK, NY -- The North Shore-LIJ Health System recently partnered with both the Girl Scouts of Nassau County (GSNC) and the to offer a week-long career exploration camp.  

“We are very proud of our partnership with the North Shore-LIJ Health System on Careers Camp,” said Donna Ceravolo, executive director and chief executive officer of GSNC.   “This hands-on, bird’s-eye view of both clinical and non-clinical careers options within healthcare served as an introduction for the girls to the countless opportunities their future holds for them.”

Nineteen girls from GSNC attended the camp. Through interactive activities and lessons, the campers gained insight and experience into the numerous careers available within the healthcare industry.  Whether watching how ambulances get to an emergency in minutes, or learning how to perform a surgery with the world’s most-advanced surgical robot, the da Vinci robotic system, the camp provided the girls with an inside look at healthcare career opportunities.

The girls were allowed to observe a surgery, while physicians interacted with them and explained the critical importance of the procedure. They walked through numerous other areas of Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center and Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York in New Hyde Park, NY, including an intensive care unit and outpatient practices. Denisha West, a rising junior at Westbury High School, was duly impressed by the experience. “Seeing how everyone works together, and sets aside their differences in order to help people, was really inspiring,” she said. “Everyone was so committed and attentive to the patients and their needs.”

“It was enlightening to get this experience, and to see what it would be like to be working in a real-life, hospital setting,” said Krista Longobardi, a rising senior at Floral Park Memorial High School. “I always knew I wanted to be in the medical field, but before this camp I thought I would try to be an occupational therapist. This experience has definitely opened my eyes, and helped me realize I want to be a nurse.”

Lauren Pearson, manager of workforce readiness at the North Shore-LIJ Health System, said, “We wanted to expose the girls to the wealth of opportunities available in the healthcare industry, and hopefully spark their interests in areas outside the clinical work.” By offering them an overview of the routines and procedures performed throughout the health system, she said, the girls realized the countless career options available for students with skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Janelle Zapiti, a rising junior at Sacred Heart Academy in Hempstead, NY, said, “Before this camp, I think most of us thought you could either be a doctor, surgeon or nurse. It was interesting to see all the jobs that are a part of healthcare. After all I’ve seen and learned this week, I definitely am more focused, and have a better idea what I want to do after college.”

About North Shore-LIJ Health System
One of the nation's largest health systems, North Shore-LIJ delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, a visionary approach to medical education highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, and healthcare coverage to individuals, families and businesses through the North Shore-LIJ CareConnect Insurance Co. Inc. North Shore-LIJ cares for people at every stage of life at 17 hospitals and more than 400 outpatient physician practices throughout the region. North Shore-LIJ’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,000 beds, employ more than 10,000 nurses and have affiliations with over 9,400 physicians. With a workforce of about 48,000, North Shore-LIJ is the largest private employer in New York State.  For more information, go to


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