Philip Health Services holds Career Day Fair

Scan a cat? ... Radiation Technologist Kayla Eymer points out details on the results of a CAT scan. Observing are, in back clockwise: Marla Kelly, Colin Van Lint, Alex Moos, Nathan O’Dea, Stacey Weller and Kenzy Pinney. Photo by Del Bartels

The fair was open to students from Philip, Wall and Kadoka. Students could opt to attend any or all seven sessions, depending on the specific fields in which they were interested.

The sessions began at 9:00 a.m. with a mock emergency. Staff from several departments simulated a crisis situation (a heart attack) and then debriefed students in the conference room. The staff explained their unique role during the emergency.

Physician's Assistant Terry Henrie hosted the second session. He walked students through an abbreviated typical day, which included seeing patients in the clinic and in the emergency room.

The third session included insights from Dr. David Holman. He told of the exciting, dedicated life of a physician practicing in a rural area. Department heads, Long Term Care Coordinator J'Nai Hauk and Acute Care Coordinator Tanya Haynes also offered their experience and answered questions from the audience.

Session four was with the Director of Nursing Carmen Fees, R.N., who introduced students to acute care nursing, emergency nursing and long term care nursing. This included a tour of both the nursing home and hospital, followed by a question and answer session.

Session five was with lab technician Sharon Olivier, who illustrated step-by-step the process of what takes place after a patient has their blood drawn.

Session six was held with Radiation Technologist Kayla Eymer. She walked the students through the steps from taking an x-ray to the finished film. She then answered questions.

The final session was led by Physical Therapist Bob Fugate. He hosted students in the Physical Therapy Clinic for questions and answers. One student, Nathan O'Dea, is learning on-the-job training from Fugate through the Philip High School school-to-work program.

Students who wanted to learn more about health care in general attended all day, while others who had a general idea of what interested them, chose to attend only one or two sessions.