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14th annual Nightingale Experience offers first-hand nursing opportunities

The 14th annual Nightingale Experience will be held on June 10-11, 2016. Forty-five high school students will visit Lamar University's JoAnne Gay Dishman Department of Nursing and CHRISTUS Hospital - St. Elizabeth to learn about the nursing profession. The Nightingale Experience is a two-day event for high school students who are interested in nursing as a career choice. 

The free event, sponsored by CHRISTUS Hospital, introduces high school students to career opportunities in the nursing profession. Current nursing students, nursing faculty and hospital staff introduce the high school participants to the nursing profession by planning a variety of fun, educational, hands-on experiences. The participants practice skills in simulated hospital settings with Lamar University nursing students, faculty and those already in the nursing profession. The Nightingale Experience provides students with an overview of the many types of nursing positions there are in a hospital setting. One of the benefits of being a nurse is the opportunity to work with different types of patient populations such as intensive care, emergency care, labor and delivery, and surgery.

High school participants spend the night at Cardinal Village Dormitory on the Lamar University campus with supervision provided by nursing faculty and current nursing students.

Nightingale Experience participants are nominated to participate in the event by their high school counselors. High schools participating in the event this year include: Anahuac, Bridge City, Central, Central Medical Magnet, Hamshire-Fannett, Hull-Daisetta, Kountze, Legacy Christian, Little Cypress-Mauriceville, Lumberton, Msgr Kelly, Nederland, Port Neches-Groves, Vidor, Warren, West Hardin and Woodville.