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Exploring healthcare

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5)- The healthcare field is a lucrative line of work and the need for more doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals continues to grow. News Channel 5's Rachael Penton spoke with some students today who had the chance to take a test run of some of these jobs, to find out if they would like to enter the medical field.

From bringing a baby into the world to sorting medications in the pharmacy, these 50 students from across Cenla got the chance to try it all today at the CI Healthcare program.

"We're doing like vital signs. learning about blood in the stimulation lab so things about what a basic nurse does and what we can learn how to do for the future," says Jackie Thompson, a senior student who wants to be a nurse.

For five years in a row LSUA has partnered with AHEC - the Area Health Education Center- to bring students this program.

"A lot of students want to do nursing and then come here and realize I really like radiology or I really like lab, or I love nursing. It helps confirm what they want to go to school for," says senior Gabrielle Juneau, Health Careers Program Coordinator for CLAHEC.

And for one day they get to explore the healthcare field.

"I think this will help you decide for sure if this is what you want to do with the rest of your life," says senior Katlyn Byone.

From Avoyelles Parish to La Salle, there's a variety of students experimenting with all sorts of jobs.

"I'm interested in being an RN and I would hopefully like to learn more about the nursing program," says senior Terra Wilson.

"The thought of saving people's lives is really getting me interested in this," adds Thompson.

Organizers hope that the students will go on to become successful healthcare professionals right here in Cenla.

"We do track our students. We do have a high success rate of seeing them go to college and into their healthcare professions and some of them now work as RN's or x-ray techs at our local hospitals so that's cool to see," adds Juneau.

The students utilized the medical simulation dummies at LSUA's Caughlin Center during the morning and paid a visit to the allied health building in Downtown Alexandria after lunch.

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