Health Science II Students Participated in a Clinical Surgery Simulation

Mrs. April Voyles’ Health Science II students participated in a clinical surgery simulation at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. The surgical equipment and room were set up for a laparoscopic appendectomy. The students wore surgical masks and Mrs. Diana Aldridge and Jennifer Rogers surgical techs at Baptist memorial Hospital, demonstrated a surgical scrub. The students then had an opportunity to “scrub in” for surgery. Mrs. Debbie Roberts the head nurse in surgery at Baptist Memorial Hospital greeted them. She assisted the students in donning surgical gowns and explained the importance of infection control in the operating room. The surgical techs at Baptist Memorial Hospital demonstrated how to apply sterile gloves and then helped students correctly put on sterile gloves. Students were then showed how to operate surgical equipment and tools. The students had a chance for some hands-on experience with surgical equipment and supplies. Demetria Shumpert, a health science student said, “It was an amazing experience.”

HOSA State Leadership Competition

The student organization HOSA (Health Occupational Students of America) recently held the state leadership competition in Jackson. The Career and Technical Center at New Albany High School had twenty-three students to participate in the competition.

Hailey Adsit, Casey Clark, and Demetria Shumpert placed 1st in Public Service Announcement; Shannon Boyd and Jack Durrett placed 2nd in Community Emergency Team; Shelby Allen placed 1st in Transcultural Health Care; Bethany Farrar placed 3rd in Dental Assisting; Tabitha Greenwood placed 4th in Nursing Assisting; Brooke Moody placed 3rd in Clinical Nursing.

These students are eligible to compete at the HOSA International Leadership Competition in June. The HOSA International Leadership Competition will be held in Orlando, FL. Along with the opportunity to compete, they have also earned a total of $30,000 in scholarship money. April Voyles is the Health Science instructor and also serves as the HOSA advisor.

New Albany Students Attend Career & Technology Day

The New Albany School of Career & Technical Education hosted “Career & Technology Day” on Friday, May 5 on the campus of New Albany High School.

Career and Technology Day began as Technology Day in 2009 to expose high school students to the technology used in industries and careers in the northeast Mississippi area. The event has been held annually since 2009 and has grown to include more college and career related information.

This year the Career and Tech Day was expanded to include students from 3rd-8th grade in the New Albany School District.  Students from New Albany Elementary School and New Albany Middle School were able to participate in this year’s event and received backpacks to place the career information they received during the day.

Career and Technology Day was funded through the “PRIDE through College and Career Awareness” grant that the New Albany School District received through funding from the Toyota Wellspring Fund.

More than twenty-five exhibitors and presenters were on hand to inform students about their careers, as well as describe the technology that is used in their careers.   Vendors included:  Blue Mountain College; Northeast Mississippi Community College; University of Mississippi; MSU Extension Service; Miracle Ear; Rowan Dentistry; Mississippi Game and Fish; Mississippi Forestry Commission, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers; Leggett and Platt; MooreSites; Cooper Electric; BNA Bank; New Albany Light, Gas, & Water; Tennessee Valley Authority; Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County; New Albany Police Department; New Albany Fire Department; Union County Sheriff’s Department; Northeast Union County Volunteer Fire Department; Mississippi Highway Patrol; Mississippi National Guard; Mississippi Department of Health; Mississippi Department of Human Services; and WTVA News.