High-school students had the opportunity to shadow employees working in nursing, radiology and medical records at Newton Medical Center in Covington, Ga.

The Newton County School System and NMC teamed up on Tuesday to hold a Healthcare Job Shadow Day for 23 students in various fields.

Students from all three Newton County high schools and the Newton College & Career Academy interested in health care, business, engineering and other careers had a chance to shadow employees for half a day.

“It’s become very popular,” said Theresa Kuhn, a health care instructor at NCCA.

She said at least 30 students applied for slots.

Debra Lary, youth apprenticeship coordinator at NCCA, said she hopes to hold a second job shadow day for more interested students. Additionally, the food services department at the hospital is trying to organize an internship program after speaking with students at NCCA earlier this year.

On Tuesday, students worked in medical records, the emergency department, physical therapy, dietary, the BirthCare Center, nursing, engineering and radiology, among other departments. Some worked with patients and others practiced with equipment or learned about the department. Before they began, they learned about hospital codes and confidentiality.

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