Adelphi University Inspires High School Students to Become Nurses

High school students entering their first year, sophomore, junior or senior years were able to get a taste of the college experience at Adelphi University through one of their flagship Pre-College Summer Programs.

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Garden City, NY - August 21, 2017 - High school students entering their first year, sophomore, junior or senior years were able to get a taste of the college experience at Adelphi University through one of their flagship Pre-College Summer Programs — Introduction to Nursing, where students experienced the state-of-the-art Clinical Education and Simulation Labs, visited a local hospital where they observed an open-heart surgery and had memorable interactions with faculty and staff.
“We got to see actual surgery happen, it was an open-heart surgery and we were watching through the window,” explained Jacob Rios, a senior from the Cristo Rey New York High School, about his experience visiting one of the hospitals. “We went to radiology and got to see how CAT scans work, how MRIs work, how X-rays work and we got to see babies in the pediatric ICU from really small babies to full term.”
The program, which ran from July 9 to July 22, allowed high school students looking to pursue a degree in healthcare experience what it’s like to work in the nursing field through Adelphi’s model of personalized education.
“It’s amazing, we get to check their pulse, they have different breathing that we can see, we get to see their wristbands, we get to put on the equipment so it’s like real life, but you're not working with a real patient so you don’t have to worry about messing up,” Rios said about the Adelphi simulations labs. 
For Rios, his interest in nursing sparked after his family experienced multiple health issues such as his grandmother passing away during open-heart surgery, his uncle having emergency brain surgery and his little brother recently being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. At Adelphi, he was able to put his interests to the test in the simulation labs, which was popular among the students.
The program isn’t only just popular in New York, interest in Adelphi has extended across the nation to California where Kaeli Shaw, a junior from the Ruth Asawa School of The Arts in San Francisco, traveled to Long Island to attend the program after hearing positive things from a friend who also attended the program a year prior.
“I’ve made a lot of friends, even when we’re not taking classes just spending time with the people here is really interesting,” said Shaw. “This is my first time being away from home so it's pretty cool staying in an actual dorm and having roommates, it’s something I’m not used to so it’s cool seeing how it is.”
Like Shaw, who is still deciding between nursing and performing arts as a career, Bridget Dietz, a senior from Lindenhurst Senior High School, is also using the pre-college program to learn as much as she can about nursing before college.
“I’m really enjoying it, I think the nursing program offers a lot for students and you learn so much about the fundamentals and I love the hands-on simulation labs,” said Dietz.      
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