Middle School Students in Healthcare Camp Visit Clinical Learning Center
Local middle school students learned how to listen to the heartbeat on an infant patient simulator, conduct blood pressure tests and other hands-on nursing skills during a recent visit to the VCU School of Nursing’s Clinical Learning Center. The students were participants in the Mary E. Mahoney Nursing & Healthcare Camp, one of the pipeline programs offered by VCU Medical Center’s Office of Workforce Development. The camp aims to increase awareness of health care professions and diversity within the health care workforce.
Mary Elizabeth Mahoney, the first African American nurse in the United States, was known for her long and successful career that was composed of hard work, advocacy and dedication. The summer camp invites rising 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students to explore nursing as a potential career. The camp also discusses the health care professional shortages in other areas, as well.