MICHIGAN CITY | Local high school students received an up-close look at jobs in the medical field Friday during a health career fair hosted by Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City, in conjunction with the Explorer Boy Scouts Group of America.
Taking place in the hospital’s St. Francis Hall, students had a chance to chat with physicians, nurses and representatives from of various health care fields and departments including radiology, physical therapy, pharmaceutical, hospital management, nutrition/dietary, emergency medical technician and paramedic.
“I didn’t think it would be this informational,” said Abigail McCormick, 12, of Elston Middle School. “I want to be a pediatric oncology nurse. I’ve always been interested in health care because my brother has autism.”
McCormick attended the fair with her friends, Gabby Hanske, 13, and Oriona Miscik, 14.
“I think it’s really cool,” Hanske said.
Miscik said she wants to do something in the medical field but isn’t sure what yet.
“I kind of want to come in and walk around with a nurse and see how everything is,” she said.
The girls got a chance to speak with Janene Pulaski, a registered nurse in the hospital’s infection control and prevention department.
“We have to show them there’s more than one kind of nursing,” Pulaski said.
Kimberly Shay, a medical technologist with the hospital’s Alverno Clinical Laboratory, said the fair was good for students because a lot of them don’t know what goes on inside a lab and all the jobs that go with it.
“If you’re interested in science there’s a lot of science in there,” she said. “You kind of get a whole picture of what goes on inside the body. It’s a cool thing.”
Daniel Carpenter, representing the Explorer Boy Scouts Group, said one of the attending students could end up getting a job through this fair and “saving my life.”
“One of them might become president of a hospital,” he said. “You never know.”