Jamestown  (JRMC)  — Risk rooms, elbow splits and suture stitches.

Jamestown Regional Medical Center recently held its annual Scrubs Academy for area high school students on May 9-10. Nearly 60 students were able to experience hands-on activities, which exposed them to careers in healthcare. Some of the activities included hands-on surgery featuring laparoscopic equipment, a suture station and calf hearts, as well as how to wrap and splint athletic injuries and how to reduce hazards in a patient room.

Scrubs Academy encourages high school students from across North Dakota to pursue a career in healthcare. Students participate in hands-on activities and receive information related to a variety of healthcare professions. The academy is an engaging and fun way for high school students to learn about healthcare within a healthcare environment.

JRMC Chief Nursing Officer, Trisha Jungels, says, “Scrubs Academy is a good opportunity for someone interested in learning about what careers are available to them. Students often think of doctors and nurses, however, they don’t always consider radiology, laboratory, athletic training or any of the other options a career in healthcare offers.”

Students attended Jamestown High School, Pingree-Buchanan, Gackle, Edgeley and Medina.

This year, students participated in a variety of activities, including:

  • a hands-on surgery center featuring laparoscopic equipment, a suture station and calf hearts
  • how to wrap and splint athletic injuries
  • how to reduce hazards in a patient room

Registered Nurse, Deb Fischer the Health Science Careers instructor at James Valley Career & Tech Center., says, North Dakota, like most rural states, has a growing need for more healthcare professionals. The Scrubs Academy is one of the ways medical centers and the state work together to excite young people about healthcare careers, adding, “Scrubs Academy is a great opportunity for students to learn about careers in an industry we all need and rely upon.”

To learn more about Scrubs Academy, call (701) 952-1050.

About Jamestown Regional Medical Center

Jamestown Regional Medical Center is located at 2422 20th St. SW, Jamestown, N.D. and serves approximately 55,000 people in nine counties. In 2019, it was named a “Top 100 Critical Access Hospital” for the sixth consecutive year. Modern Healthcare named JRMC a “Best Places to Work in Healthcare” each year since 2017.  For more information, visit www.jrmcnd.com or call (701) 952-1050.