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Scrubs Camp teaches southwest North Dakota students about rural well being science careers – The Dickinson Press


Mar 17, 2023

DICKINSON – From bottle-feeding lambs to simulating phlebotomy, location Higher college students have been offered the chance to discover various well being science careers via a hands-on strategy at Scrubs Camp, a system supported by the Center for Rural Wellness at the University of North Dakota College of Medicine &amp Wellness Sciences aimed at rising awareness, interest and understanding of well being careers accessible in rural North Dakota.

Sophomores, juniors and seniors from surrounding location higher schools traveled from space to space exactly where well being science specialists from the neighborhood offered interactive lab experiences to enable show students the selection of well being science jobs accessible.

The camp is a system supported by the Center for Rural Wellness at the University of North Dakota College of Medicine &amp Wellness Sciences focused on rural students and rising awareness, interest, and understanding of well being careers accessible in rural North Dakota via inventive and interactive activities.

With 17 presenters and more than 70 students attending, Rhonda Schauer and Pat Billings, the two who organized the occasion, watched excitedly as their difficult perform unfolded.

The 25-minute sessions offered integrated surgical tech, emergency space nurse, EMS, pharmacy, disability solutions, behavioral well being, and even veterinarians have been amongst the extended list of presenters.

Schauer and Billings have been pleasantly shocked by the quantity of folks and organizations inside the neighborhood that have been eager to carve out a day to devote with students, so significantly so that there have been virtually as well numerous volunteers.

“You count on half of them to say no or we’re quick-staffed or we cannot get the time out or what ever but that just did not come about. It was a very good challenge,” Schauer stated.

Cashwise and Subway even helped to deliver snacks and lunch to the ambitious students.

“We did not have to pull teeth to get folks to come, they have been all interested,” Billings stated.

Students from not only Dickinson but surrounding locations like South Heart, Belfield, Hettinger, and Hebron have been amongst some of the higher schools taking aspect in the occasion.

For each Schauer and Billings, it is vital to present possibilities like this to a selection of locations.

“The cool aspect to me is providing [the program] to so numerous various college locations that you happen to be not only feeding to the regional education applications but to the outlying ones as well,” Schauer stated.

Billings agreed, mentioning that due to the fact North Dakota is so spread out it can be as well difficult for smaller sized communities to place some thing like this on.


Students are shown the ins and outs of phlebotomy and are in a position to practice providing an IV on a coaching arm.

Photo by Allison Engstrom / The Dickinson Press

Students shared their hopes of careers as mental well being providers or dreams of functioning as a pediatrician and even though some felt they have not pretty narrowed down precisely what well being science profession they see themselves in but, numerous felt the occasion opened their eyes to various possibilities.

Mina Soggie is a junior at Dickinson Higher college who stated she seriously liked becoming in a position to see the various possibilities.

Although she has normally wanted to be a geriatric nurse, not only seeing but acquiring hands-on encounter at the phlebotomy session opened her eyes to various interests as well.

For Eva Dustin a further DHS junior, the sessions have offered her a far better understanding of what to count on from various profession paths.

“I feel it is a lot far better hearing it from the folks who truly do it rather than the teachers due to the fact then I get to really feel much more of the encounter firsthand and hear about the various situations they did,” Dustin stated.


The Dickinson Fire Division shows students the selection of capabilities it requires to do their job.

Photo by Allison Engstrom / The Dickinson Press

Schauers’ aim is to deliver this exposure to children in hopes it encourages them to enroll in well being science classes and continue on either functioning or going to the DSU nursing system, calling that circumstance a win-win.

Averie Wax, DHS Sophomore, hopes to do just that to enable pave her path to becoming a plastic surgeon.

Wax plans on job shadowing in the physical therapy field her senior year to get to know much more about the physique and then going on to Bismark State College to pursue their surgical tech system.

Fortunately for Wax, surgical tech was a single of the sessions presented and of course, the a single she was searching forward to most.

Presenters from CountryHouse who perform in memory care enjoyed the chance to share what a day in their job appears like and hopes to encourage the future generation to get involved in senior living.

As in numerous healthcare fields, senior living is experiencing a staffing crisis as Amanda Wilson, memory care director explained, sharing that she occasionally worries about what the future appears like for them.

For Wilson and Jessica Binstock, service coordinator at Nation Home, it was impactful to see how numerous children have been interested in what the group presented.

To simulate what it feels like to reside with dementia, the group did a hands-on activity spitting out directions and attempting to trip up and confuse students even though they drew a image.

In the finish, they have this awful image Wilson laughed, but then they go over that this is what their sufferers encounter and how they perform to very best navigate that.

“To see so numerous children interested in what we have to say, it signifies a lot to us to be right here currently,” Wilson stated.

Each Schauer and Billings have loved the journey of not only functioning collectively to place on the occasion but also becoming in a position to see the smooth turnout.

Offered the neighborhood involvement and student reactions, Schauer and Billings do hope to deliver the occasion once again subsequent year potentially developing it even additional.

Allison Engstrom

Allison is a news reporter from Phoenix, Arizona exactly where she earned a degree in journalism from the Walter Cronkite College of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Following college, she worked as a middle college writing teacher in the valley. She has produced her way about the U.S. driving from Arizona to Minnesota and ultimately obtaining herself right here in Dickinson. She has a passion for storytelling and enjoys covering neighborhood news.