Deborah Heart and Lung Center Mentors Next Generation of Nurses

Providing an “Insider Look” to High School Students

Deborah Heart and Lung Center, a specialty hospital in Browns Mills, is proud to celebrate National Nurses’ Week, which each year focuses attention on the diverse ways America’s 3.1 million registered nurses work to save lives and to improve the health of millions of individuals. The theme for this year’s Nurses Week, which begins May 6 - and ends on May 12 to commemorate the birthday of Florence Nightingale is “Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care.”

Committed to not only the highest professional standards in today’s nursing profession, the nursing staff at Deborah is equally committed to mentoring the next generation of nurses. Each year the hospital hosts students during Nurses Week to share an insider look into the profession.

This year on Wednesday, May 8, students from Camden County Technical School, Pemberton, Shawnee and Seneca High Schools will join Deborah’s highly trained, specialized nursing staff. During their time at the hospital the students will have a hands-on opportunity to perform CPR on a simulator (Sim-Man), handle cardiac surgical instruments, wear the leaded clothing necessary for nursing in the cath lab, practice taking blood pressure and oxygen levels, see how Emergency Department staff handle splinting and stabilizing broken bones, learn the value of germ control through proper hand washing, and experiment with equipment used in diagnosing balance disorders.

Along the way the students will have an opportunity to speak with nurses first-hand and learn about the educational requirements to become a nurse, the day-to-day expectations of the job, and the short-term and long-term employment prospects in the field.

“We thoroughly enjoy having these high school students here each year,” said Deborah’s Vice President of Patient Care Services, Rita Zenna, RN, MSA, CPHQ. “With anticipated critical shortages of skilled nurses in the future, we want to provide as much information as possible to encourage these young adults to pursue the field. Giving them a glimpse of the diversity that the profession has to offer hopefully peaks their interest further.”



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