Cooke Co. students get real life healthcare lesson at NCTC

By: Allison Harris Email
By: Allison Harris Email

GAINESVILLE, TEXAS -- Health science was brought to life in Gainesville today when NCTC nursing professors welcomed 80 Lindsay 5th and 6th graders into their simulation lab.

"It's pretty cool I didn't really know they had this kind of technology," 6th grader Makenzie Fleitman said.

Lab coordinator Julie Martin used four mannequins, an adult, an adolescent and two babies, to show the students how they check vitals, talk to patients and treat them.

"We showed them some CPR and we showed them how we train people using our mannequin on advanced life support techniques," Martin said.

"In school you learn, like, through textbooks but here you can actually see what's happened," 6th grader Olivia Hurtle said.

Martin says her goal was to give the students a positive outlook on nursing and health care, especially during this nurse appreciation week.

"There were some students that had experience; either they have a family member or they personally have had some experience with the healthcare system, but others have never been to a hospital and seem to be really fearful," Martin said.

Student Noah Jackson says he's undergone a number of surgeries and is familiar with nurses.

"When I was born I had an injury. All my nerves in my right arm were broken," Jackson said.

Jackson says today's lab lesson made a big impression on him.

"I might be changing my plans to become like a doctor or a nurse or something," Jackson said.

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