Few people get to see the inner workings of a hospital. Even fewer are high school students.
“We’ve done EKG’s, we’ve seen ultrasounds, checking vitals, IV’s all that fun stuff.” said Abigail Dillmuth with a smile, a senior at Briar Woods High School.
Dillmuth, an aspiring RN, was one of 62 Loudoun County Public High School students, who shadowed medical professionals at Inova Loudoun Hospital Monday, as part of a countywide program “Job for a Day.”
Stacey Metcalfe, Western Region, Government and Community Relations Director, explained they had 280 jobs throughout Loudoun County.
Students were able to shadow professionals everywhere from local restaurants to Inova Loudoun’s ER.
“So what happens is that all of the businesses put in job descriptions. So, we submit job descriptions into a tool that Loudoun County Public Schools manages,” said Metcalfe.
So many jobs — the county has had to split “Job for a Day,” into two days. The next batch of students will participate on November 14.
Metcalfe said, “every student has to have a resume and they have to fill out their intent of applying for the job.”
One of the career day mentors was Melissa Omotola, and Inova Loudoun Trauma Nurse.
“I think it’s a great opportunity, so they can come in and see what life is like on a day to day basis. You get so many influences on the outside from watching television shows and what you have heard in your own experience. You can come in and see what life is like,” said Omotola.
Jessica Strobel, a junior at Freedom High School and an aspiring medical professional was surprised to learn that medical professionals are not on their feet all the time.
“Getting this hands on experience beforehand, I think it really prepares you and confirms or denies whether you really wanna do it.” Strobel said.