Fort Lauderdale, Fla. -- The Nursing Consortium of South Florida, a non-profit coalition of hospitals, nursing schools, and health care staffing organizations, once again organized the Day in the Life of a Nurse™ program in partnership with South Florida public school districts and many private high schools. Students from Boyd H. Anderson High School in Lauderdale Lakes had the opportunity to experience what a typical day is like working as a nurse at Broward Health Medical Center (BHMC).
“Broward Health Medical Center is dedicated to supporting the next generation of nurses and we recently were given the exciting opportunity to showcase our world-class medical facility to South Florida students,” said Chief Nursing Officer Robyn Farrington, BSN, RN, MBA/HCM. “Nursing continues to be one of the fastest growing and in-demand healthcare careers and we want to encourage students to consider the nursing profession as they plan their futures.”
This year, 53 South Florida facilities and 61 schools participated in the program.
At BHMC, students participating in the one-day program experienced various activities, including nurse-led tours of hospital departments. The experience allowed students to spend quality time with a nurse and ask them individual questions about their profession and the challenges they face while hearing stories about their career. Students met and heard from nurse educators, information systems nurses, nurse researchers and nurse administrators. In addition to shadowing staff nurses and listening to various presentations, students learned how to take a person’s blood pressure and pulse, how to listen to a heartbeat through a stethoscope and how to scrub in and dress in surgical attire while touring surgical suites.