Kids have crack at hospital career
HIGH school students eager to land careers in the health industry were treated to a sneak peek at what their dream jobs would involve at the Ipswich Hospital's career days last week.
Twenty-two students from 12 schools around Ipswich learnt basic nursing skills and talked to hospital staff about the ins and outs of their dream jobs.
Lowood State High School Year 12 student Chad Clark said he enjoyed gaining insight into the nursing profession.
"I'm aiming to become a nurse - it's something I've wanted to do for a while and today has helped to confirm it," Chad said.
Aletha Ward, Health Alliance project director for Queensland Health's West Moreton Health Service District, said the career days met a need to encourage high school students to take up careers in the health industry.
"It's about bringing school students, tertiary education providers and organisations in the industry together to help students realise the pathways that are available to health careers," Ms Ward said.
"Our population is aging and in this area it's also growing, so there's definitely a need for more health professionals.
"The average age of our nurses is about 50.
"We're telling students that health careers are available and they're safe, and we're showing them ways of getting into the industry."
Ms Ward said last week's program ran for two days.
"We have all sorts of staff come in and talk about their jobs and answer questions, and we also have health games and look at hygiene control, taking blood pressure and finding pulses."