Palestine High School students involved in the Health Occupations Students of America organization placed in an area competition recently in various competitions ranging from forensic medicine, medical reserve corp partnership, health education, personal care and creative problem solving.
The event was the 2014 Texas HOSA Area Conference held Feb. 14-15 in League City.
“It's a medical competition with a lot of hands-on applications with the goal to transition them into healthcare careers,” said registered nurse Sandy Bristow, who is a health science instructor at PHS's Career Technology Education department. “These are competition skills that will help lead them into higher education in the healthcare field. Most of the kids who competing are wanting careers that require a bachelor's degree or associate's degrees.”
PHS student Christina Gibson, who wants to be a nurse in the future, placed second in the Personal Care competition.
“She had to take a patient's vitals — blood pressure, temperature and heart rate and record it in an electronic medical record, asking the standard questions,” Bristow said. “She also had to move her patient correctly from the bed to the wheelchair. Personal care is about taking care of your client.”
PHS students Jesi Dickey and Ashley Waldon placed third in the Medical Reserve Corp Partnership competition.
These students researched before the conference about whether or not Anderson County has a medical reserve corp and how it works. They learned that those part of the reserve corp locally would be paged out or deployed in an emergency situation. They learned how to contact the local group, as well as learning about disaster preparation.
The two also received CPR and first aid training. Locally, they are working on a campaign for getting young children immunized and understanding the importance of hand-washing.
The two also participated in the county's recent mock disaster for first responders and are working on finding industry partnerships — medical professionals who are willing to come into the classroom to share their knowledge, etc.