Sparking Interest in Health Care Careers

High school students try a future medical role on for size.

Nine students from Garden City High School got a better insight into various health care jobs during a recent visit to Franklin Hospital.

As part of the Spark! Challenge, which was created by the North Shore-LIJ Health System’s workforce readiness division and involved 31 teams across the health system, Franklin staff gave the students information and a hands-on look at careers as pathologists, histologists, lab technologists and blood bank technologists. The students also took part in a drill of the protocols for handling a blood sample from a “potentially infected patient.” Four members of the team had to don personal protective equipment, handle the “sample” and properly remove the personal protective equipment.

“Seeing these students get excited about careers in health care was very rewarding,” said Maria Walsh, supervisor of Franklin’s laboratory.

Monique Herbert, senior human resources specialist, helped coordinate the day with Helen White, community relations manager.

“We enjoy giving students an opportunity to learn and explore,” Ms. Herbert said. “We hope to see some of them back as fellow employees in the future and wish them the best of luck in their careers.”

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