Sparking an Interest in a Health Care Career

Students from two local high schools were given a chance to get up-close-and-personal looks at careers in health care at Syosset and Plainview hospitals as part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System’s Spark! challenge.

North Shore-LIJ employees at 31 sites participated in this challenge in November and December, giving students from Long Island and New York City public and private high schools an opportunity to get a better understanding of careers in health care.

Students from Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School learned about orthopedic-related procedures such as casting, hand-washing practices using the Glo GermTM, orthopedic instrumentation and the application of personal protection equipment used in total joint replacement procedures at Syosset Hospital.

In addition, members of Syosset’s leadership team discussed various career options available in the surgical area with the students. Eugene Krauss, MD, director of orthopedics at Syosset Hospital, and Ayal Segal, MD, associate director of orthopedic surgery, described their own experiences leading to their current positions in clinical care. They also shared what a total joint replacement implant looks like and how this surgery can positively affect a person’s life. The students then toured an imaging center, where Jarett Burak, MD, medical director of Syosset Imaging, discussed the various imaging studies available and their implications in the diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic conditions.

At Plainview Hospital, Massapequa High School students met with staff from areas including wound care, nutrition, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, laboratory and diabetes education. The students learned about how all of these disciplines interact and touch the patient’s experience to promote wound healing and functional independence. Through demonstrations on mannequins, viewing microscopic slides, handling of tissue, practicing on crutches and even experiencing lying in a hyperbaric chamber, the students learned about these areas through hands-on experiences. The program at Plainview demonstrated the team approach to health care and how the integration of multiple disciplines promotes best practices in health care.

Both programs concluded with a luncheon, which offered an open forum for the students to ask additional questions of the hospitals’ leadership.

“Interacting with the students during these days was enjoyable, and it was interesting to listen to their questions and thoughts about careers in health care,” said Margie Pemberton, RN, associate executive director of Plainview and Syosset hospitals. “We hope to see some of those students working in our hospitals in the future.”

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