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Seniors from DeLand High School’s medical program recently toured AdventHealth DeLand, the teenagers’ first step toward internships and job-shadowing opportunities.

As part of DeLand High School’s emergency medical responder class, the students toured the emergency department and clinical simulation lab, attended a presentation on clinical safety measures, and learned from AdventHealth DeLand’s chief nursing officer Craig Lindsey and coordinator of clinical education Peg Davis.

The tour gave students a unique insight into the hospital setting, as they met with different health care professionals, learned about the different career opportunities available within the health care industry, and participated in an interactive experience.

In the clinical simulation lab, students used AdventHealth DeLand’s new high-tech manikin, capable of simulating hundreds of medical conditions in realistic scenarios. During this portion of the tour, registered nurses used the simulation manikin to teach the students how to perform CPR.

Beginning this fall, the students will have opportunities to interact with and assist AdventHealth DeLand employees with patients in the following departments: emergency, oncology, cardiovascular/pulmonary and orthopedics.

“Within our industry, health care jobs are expected to have the fastest employment growth over the next 10 years, as there is a great need for nurses, nursing assistants, medical assistants, and more,” said Lindsey. “Providing hands-on learning experiences through internships and job-shadowing opportunities is just one way we are helping prepare these students for careers within the medical field.”

Throughout the semester, each AdventHealth hospital in Volusia County will offer a similar experience for local students. This is part of AdventHealth’s $2 million partnership with Volusia County Schools that strives to address three key issues: career development in the health care industry, student athlete health, and chronic absenteeism.

As part of the historic agreement, AdventHealth has committed to expand not only the care available to students and athletes, but to also develop and enhance career opportunities through the district’s six high-school health care academies and nine high-school and middle-school health programs.

AdventHealth DeLand has 164 beds and is one of the six hospitals in Flagler, Lake and Volusia counties that compose the AdventHealth Central Florida Division – North Region.

Based in Altamonte Springs and with more than 80,000 team members, AdventHealth is one of the nation’s largest faith-based health care systems, with nearly 50 hospitals and hundreds of care sites in nearly a dozen states.

For more information about the DeLand facility, visit http://AdventHealthDeLand.com.


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