PCH Participates in PHS Career Day

Thursday, April 3, 2014
Amy Gibson, EMT, Bill Davis, EMTP, and Shelly Samples, RN of Piggott Community Hospital demonstrated some of the work emergency personnel perform as part of Piggott High School's career day on Friday, March 21.

Students at Piggott High School were offered a broad array of lectures and demonstrations on their annual Career Day, as professionals in a variety of fields took over their classrooms. Events such as the local Career Day have become annual events at schools across the country to expose students to information helping spur thinking on career choices.

Among those represented at PHS recently were four professions found at Piggott Community Hospital. Carla Johnson MLT from Laboratory, Lora Timms from Radiology and Cyndi Loveless from Respiratory Therapy discussed education and job requirements for their specific departments. Amy Gibson, EMT, Bill Davis, EMTP, and Shelly Samples, RN, represented nursing and emergency services. As part of their effort, they offered students a demonstration of patient stabilization at the scene of a medical emergency.

Samples explained both the educational requirements and on-job demands of nursing. She told students that the greatest reward was "lives saved at the end of the day." Emphasizing that PCH has achieved a Level IV trauma site as awarded by the state, she told students, "This is the same level of trauma certification as some larger hospitals."

The role the student can play in recognizing a stroke and making quick decisions was also explained and students received bracelets reminding them to ACT FAST when dealing with a possible stroke victim, emphasizing immediacy in calling 911.

"The ARSaves program at PCH has the potential to save lives and/or reduce disability caused by strokes," said Samples. "Piggott Community Hospital would like to thank the school for inviting us to participate each year in this Career Day and the students for their attention and questions," Samples added.

Five lucky students were also selected to receive Mohawk/Razorback door prizes from the hospital.

Those wanting more information on hospital careers and services may visit the hospital online at www.PCH-health.com

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