High school students were given the opportunity to get health careers explored at Scrubs Camp. a summer camp for students interested in the medical field.
A group of students wearing purple scrubs watched Josh Schmelzer as he held up a flexible orange nasal tube at Winona Health.
Schmelzer explained that the tube is used on unconscious patients to open an airway. He is an EMT, and they watched as he inserted it up the nose of a dummy. He told the students that it can help save a life – not exactly comfortable, but it works when needed.
Another group of students was guided by EMT Lucas Neuburg as he showed them the inside of an ambulance. He hooked up a volunteer to a heart rate monitor. Still other students toured the inside of a medical helicopter.
The activities were part of the annual Scrubs Camp, a health-careers event held at Winona Health, Winona State University and other venues each year. The camp has visited Winona Health for the past three years, as part of the weeklong experience of medical careers, from surgery to massage therapy. Ninety-five high-schoolers attended this year’s event.
Cottage Grove senior Jessieka Knazze has wanted to be a doctor since she was 12. For her, Scrubs Camp offered a chance to see just how many ways that occupation can be defined.
“They expose you to so many different careers in medicine,” Knazze said.
Knazze would like to be a cardio-thoracic surgeon, and is already beginning her college career through post-secondary education at the University of Minnesota, but she said it makes sense to learn about other medical professions.
Neuburg, who is studying nursing at WSU, agreed. “There’s such a variety of interests in healthcare. It’s more or less just a ‘try it,'” he said. “Now’s the time to be searching, checking things out.”