Students from three Whitsunday schools took part in the two-day work experience program at the Proserpine Hospital.
Students from three Whitsunday schools took part in the two-day work experience program at the Proserpine Hospital. Contributed

Local students get crash course

STUDENTS nearing the completion of their school lives took part in a two-day work experience program at the Proserpine Hospital over the holidays.

Twelve students from the Proserpine State School, St Catherine's College and the Whitsunday Christian College learned about what a career in the health industry could offer them.

They learned about every aspect of the health sector, from midwifery and nursing to kitchen work and building maintenance, even trying their hand at making plaster casts and putting a drip into a rubber dummy.

Nurse educator at the hospital Debbie McConnell said the program was designed to get the students thinking about life after Year 12.

"It's about knowing there are opportunities out there and helping people to understand their role in the health industry," she said.

Ms McConnell said the program was designed to be as interactive as possible, with an aim to keep the students engaged the whole time.

Many students had not thought about the reality of what university away from home was like, Ms McConnell said.

The program aided students in planning their degrees and the logistics of living away from home.


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